WSJ NEWS ALERT: Toyota Says Prius in California Acceleration Incident Will Be Subject of Future Recall

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Toyota said the Prius involved in a well-publicized acceleration incident in California will be the subject of a future recall to prevent floor mats from pinning the gas pedal down.

On Monday, James Sikes, 61 years old, called 911 for help after his 2008 Prius accelerated on a highway near San Diego and he couldn’t slow it down. A California Highway Patrol officer caught up to the Prius and advised the driver to apply both the brake pedal and emergency brake to slow the vehicle.


Toyota has recalled the Toyota Camry and Avalon sedans and the Lexus ES sedan to reshape the floor and gas pedals to prevent unsecured or ill-fitting floor mats from entrapping the pedal in an open position.

Brian Lyons, a Toyota spokesman, said Toyota is planning on issuing a recall for Prius hybrids from the 2004 to 2009 model years to address the same issue.