The problem has now been escalated to the point where a new, more significant recall is being issued, and it will involve nearly four million Toyota and Lexus vehicles across North America. The affected cars will receive redesigned accelerator pedals, which Toyota says will not interfere with the floormats, even if older, improperly-installed all-weather mats are being used. Vehicles recalled that have Toyota factory equipment all-weather floormats installed will also have them replaced with new, redesigned versions. Finally, all affected vehicles will have a brake override system installed, which will cut power to the car's engine when both the accelerator and brakes are applied simultaneously. Toyota will also begin making the brake override system standard equipment throughout the Toyota and Lexus lineups next year, with the expectation that it will be employed in most of its new vehicles by the end of 2010 .
If you drive one of the affected models listed below, be certain to follow up and participate in the recall once you receive your official notice. Complete details are available at Toyota's online U.S. newsroom.
The Toyota and Lexus models involved in the safety recall are as follows: