So much has happened around the Toyota and Lexus accelerator safety recalls over the last week that it's hard to keep it all straight. So we're taking our first stab at it by sorting out the impact of the recall on the many hybrids offered by Toyota and Lexus.
The full scope of the latest recall encompasses eight Toyota models, as well as one lone Pontiac model built by Toyota (NYSE:TM). But the latest recall does not affect any hybrid models.
Loose all-weather floor mat jams accelerator pedal. Photo: NHTSA
Toyota's diagram showing how to properly install floor matsEnlarge Photo
2010 Toyota Camry HybridEnlarge Photo
Hybrids: First recall, yes ...
However, certain Toyota and Lexus hybrid models were subject to the first recall in September, for floor mat problems that could trap the accelerator pedal.
That action encompassed 3.8 million cars among five Toyota and two Lexus models, including the 2004-2009 Toyota Prius and the hybrid models of the 2007-2010 Toyota Camry sedan.
The list of vehicles subject to that first recall was expanded beyond the initial list issued in late September, adding several new Toyota models, but no hybrids were added.
... but for the latest recall, no
Not one single Toyota or Lexus hybrid is included in the new recall. The latest safety alert is for a potentially sticking throttle pedal, caused by corrosion in the accelerator mechanisms provided by one of the two companies that manufactured the part for Toyota.
This latest recall affect no Toyota hybrids at all, neither the second-generation Prius nor the Camry Hybrid sedans. And while it does include the 2010 Toyota Highlander crossover, the 2010 Highlander Hybrid models are specifically exempted from the list.
Overall, the sticking-accelerator-pedal recall covers 2.3 million vehicles, 1.7 million of which are also affected by the first recall.
Here are the full lists of vehicles affected by both recalls:
NEW (January 2010): Models affected by sticking-accelerator-pedal recall
PREVIOUS (September 2009): Models affected by pedal-entrapment recall (floor mats):
What to do: If your accelerator sticks while driving