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02/24/11
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Toyota recalling 2 million vehicles in U.S.
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling more than 2 million vehicles in the United States to address trapped accelerator pedals in floor mats.

The massive recalls resolve a yearlong government investigation into whether it recalled enough vehicles.

Toyota said it was adding about 1.4 million vehicles to its November 2009 recall for pedal entrapment in floor mats. All told, Toyota has now recalled nearly 7 million vehicles in the United States over the issue.

The recalls are the latest blow to the company that has now recalled nearly 15 million vehicles in the United States since January 2009. Toyota — which got good news when two government studies found no evidence that electronics were to blame for sudden acceleration — has been struggling to put its recall problems behind it.

Toyota said today it is also recalling 761,000 2006-10 RAV4; 603,000 2003-09 4Runner models and 17,000 2008-11 Lexus LX 570 models to avoid drivers getting floor mats trapped - but the remedy is different than the November 2009 recall.

Toyota also said it will recall Toyota will recall 372,000 2006-07 RX 330, RX 350 and RX 400h vehicles, and 397,000 2004-06 Highlander and Highlander hybrid vehicles to replace the driver's side floor carpet cover and its two retention clips.

About 20,000 2006 and early 2007 Lexus GS 300 and GS 350 all-wheel-drive vehicles "to modify the shape of the plastic pad embedded in the driver's side floor carpet."

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