By Shane McGinley
More than two million vehicles recalled globally over fears gas pedal may become trapped
Dubai’s Al-Futtaim Motors has said 2,236 of its luxury Lexus vehicles in the UAE will be called in after manufacturer Toyota said the car’s accelerator pedal could become trapped by defective carpet covers.
The Dubai-based dealer said Sunday that 2003-2006 model year Lexus RX330/350s may be affected by carpet covers that could slip out of place and trap the accelerator pedal.
Owners will be contacted directly and asked to bring their vehicles in, the company said in an emailed statement.
“This involves the inspection and replacement of the floor carpet cover, if necessary,” the statement said.
Toyota Motor Corporation announced Friday it would recall 2.2 million cars worldwide to remedy the defect. To date, more than 19 million Toyota vehicles have been recalled, ranging from luxury Lexus SUVs to Prius hybrid, mainly over concerns of unintended acceleration linked to defective floor mats and gas pedals.
The carmaker also paid a record $48.8m in fines in the US for how some of the recalls were conducted.
The latest batch comes just days after US regulators concluded a year-long safety investigation into the company that saw the firm testify before Congress.
Toyota spokesman John Hanson said there had been no consumer complaints that spurred the action. Toyota said it was unaware of any injuries or accidents stemming from these recalls.
"What we're trying to do is make sure we've captured any vehicles that could have a problem like this," Hanson said.