Lexus is recalling approximately 409,000 vehicles for various reasons, all of which could lead to a stuck accelerator pedal. Three different vehicles are involved, and each has a different problem.
The biggest recall is for 372,000 Lexus RX models, made from 2004-2006, including some early 2007 models. The RX 330, RX 350 and RX 400h all have a cover on the carpet near the gas pedal. The cover could get out of place, causing the gas pedal to hang up on the cover and not return to idle when you take your foot off.
The second largest is for 20,000 Lexus GS 300 and GS 300 all-wheel drive models made from 2006 and early 2007. In this case, a plastic pad on the carpet is the culprit, again potentially trapping the edge of the gas pedal and preventing it from returning to idle.
Finally, there's 17,000 2008-2011 Lexus LX 570 SUVs. The Lexus version of the Toyota Land Cruiser s added to the long list of cars that suffer from floormats that can move out of place, trapping the gas pedal at full throttle.
Hundreds of thousands of Toyotas were also involved in the recall: 397,000 2004-2006 Highlander and Highlander Hybrids; 603,000 2003-2009 4Runners; 761,000 2006-2010 RAV4s.
If you own one of the affected cars and want more information, you can type your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) into Toyota's online VIN Recall Lookup page, or go to the Lexus or Toyota recall pages. Lexus owners can call (800) 25 LEXUS (255-3987), while Toyota owners should call (800) 331-4331.