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Toyota recalls 2.17 million more cars

by: - February 24, 2011
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(CNNMoney) — Toyota is recalling 2.2 million vehicles to correct problems that can cause gas pedals to become stuck in floormats.

In one problem, the gas pedal can become stuck in the plastic pad that’s part of the driver’s side floormat if the floormat isn’t replaced properly after being removed, Toyota said in its announcement. The automaker is recalling 20,000 2006 and early 2007 model year Lexus GS 300 and GS 350 All-Wheel cars to fix this problem.

In a separate issue, a retention clip used to secure a floor carpet cover may interfere with the arm of the accelerator pedal. This could cause the pedal to become stuck.

Toyota is recalling 372,000 model year 2004 through through early 2007 Lexus RX 330, RX 350, and RX 400h SUVs, as well as approximately 397,000 2004 through 2006 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid SUVs for this problem.

Also, Toyota announced it is expanding a 2009 recall in which gas pedals could become trapped in extra-thick floormats that did not originally come with the car.

Approximately 603,000 model year 2003 through 2009 Toyota 4Runner SUVs, approximately 17,000 model year 2008 through 2011 Lexus LX 570 SUVS and approximately 761,000 model year 2006 through 2010 RAV4’s are being added to that recall.