Fatal crash prompts Toyota-LEXUS to order floor mat inspections

NATIONAL – According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, “Toyota said Tuesday it will order all dealers to inspect their cars for mismatched floor mats after a mat was suspected of snagging a gas pedal on a runaway Lexus, ending with a fiery crash that killed four family members in San Diego County.”

The piece notes that the family was riding in a loaner car from a Lexus dealership. “Investigators with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have determined that a rubber all-weather floor mat found in the wreckage was slightly longer than the mat that belonged in the vehicle. That could have snared or covered the accelerator pedal.”

A preliminary investigation into a crash that killed four found the wrong floor mat was installed in the loaner Lexus sedan.”

Source – San Diego Union-Tribune

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