LOS ANGELES -- Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it would recall millions more vehicles in the United States, its second large recall in four months, this time to fix potentially faulty accelerator pedals.
The newest recall, covering 2.3 million vehicles, means some Toyota owners will be affected by both notices. In last fall's action, owners of 2005-10 Avalons and 2007-10 Camrys were among the owners told that floor mats could entrap the accelerator pedal, causing unintended acceleration.
Now those same owners will be told their accelerator pedals could stick for other reasons.
The latest recall involves Toyota Division models only. It is separate from last fall's recall of 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles involved in the floor mat issue and follows a year when Toyota recalled more vehicles than any other automaker in the United States.
Toyota spokesman John Hanson said the first recall has to do with pedal entrapment and the second involves a faulty pedal design by a supplier.
In the latest recall, all of the vehicles were built in North America and the pedal mechanism was from a North American supplier. “We're finding that they prematurely wear,” Hanson said.
In addition to the Avalon and Camry, the second recall involves 2007-10 Tundras; 2008-10 Sequoias; 2009-10 Corollas, RAV4s and Matrixes; and 2010 Highlanders.
Hanson did not name the supplier involved. A second supplier also builds the same pedal mechanism for these vehicles.
“There was no evidence of a similar situation with the other supplier,” Hanson said. “Those not affected have the same pedal but built by a different supplier.”
He said he did not have the number of complaints and no mileage information of when the pedal mechanism starts to wear. “It's extremely rare, but it is a wear issue,” Hanson said. “We wanted to get out in front of this.”