28 September 2007
A fine mat finish
News Item: Toyota Motor Co. will recall 55,000 floor mats due to complaints of unintended acceleration caused by the mats sticking underneath the accelerator pedal, federal safety officials and the automaker said Wednesday. [T]he recall involves 30,500 mats for the [2007 Lexus] ES 350 and 24,500 mats for the 2007 and 2008 Toyota Camry. Owners will be told of the recall in October, and offered replacement mats in November.
I told an ES 350 owner about this, and he gave me the sort of look he'd have given me if I'd said I had a trunkful of moon rocks.
That said, I must point out here that my ex-wife once was given a failing notice on a state auto inspection because her non-factory seat covers could theoretically interfere with the free movement of the seat belts, so it's not like this is the most unheard-of thing you ever heard of.
(Via Autoblog.)Posted at 8:25 AM to Driver's Seat