With yesterday’s announcement of another massive recall of Lexus vehicles it’s just another reminder that whatever is wrong at Toyota is not fixed.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it requested that Toyota, which owns the Lexus luxury brand, recall model year 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450 H vehicles “for a serious safety issue involving potential pedal entrapment by the floor mat.”
If the mat traps the gas pedal, the vehicle could speed out of control.
On Friday, Toyota said it was launching the recall, which affects 154,000 vehicles.
Safety regulators also warned the automaker that it might face another investigation as to whether the company “met its obligation to notify the agency and conduct a recall in a timely manner.” Previously, Toyota paid record federal fines of nearly $50 million for failing to promptly inform regulators of defects in its vehicles and for delaying recalls.
Recalls by themselves aren’t bad but when a company leads the nation in recalls for two of the last three years, Honda had the most in 2011, on a item integral to the safety of customers and their families, and worst of all – tries to hide their recalls it’s not just bad, it’s dangerous.