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How To Stop Your Toyota Floor Mats From Killing You, Redux

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Remember last year's recall of 3.8 million Toyotas for floor mats that may cause fiery death? Guess what? Toyota's announcing it's recalling another 1.1. million for the same reason. Time to whip out the fiery death avoidance flow chart again.

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Keep in mind this recall is different than the recall last week of 2.3 million cars for sticky accelerators. This is an expansion of the recall on Toyota and Lexus models with the potential for pedal entrapment under floor mats. The increase means Toyota has recalled 5.35 million vehicles in the probe, agreeing to use zip ties (to a somewhat ghastly effect), repair or replace the pedals, replace the floor mats and in some cases will make software modifications and reshape the floor surface.

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The new models now added to the recall list are:

• 2008-2010 Highlander
• 2009-2010 Corolla
• 2009-2010 Venza
• 2009-2010 Matrix
• 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe

So, for those of you who didn't know before today that your floor mats were trying to kill you, we've attached our special Floor Mat Fiery Death Avoidance Flow Chart for your safety. Read the rest of our How To" here and remember, the information on it comes directly from Toyota — so you know it's safe.

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DISCUSSION

I think I figured out the problem. My car has a third pedal on the left; when you press it it disengages the engine and stops all acceleration.

See, these cars must be missing that pedal. They're defective.

The third pedal is MANDATORY, people, it saves lives.