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by Matt Brogan

In response to a recall of more than 3.8 million vehicles over a floor mat malfunction that was believed to have caused an accident involving a Lexus ES 350, Toyota has instructed its North American dealerships to attach driver’s side floor mats to metal seat rails with self-locking wire ties, better known as zip ties, in a solution the manufacturer calls a “semi-permanent” fix.

“We have reviewed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration what we’re calling a semi-permanent floor mat installation process, and we’re providing these instructions to our dealers,” said Toyota spokesman, Mr Brian Lyons. “This allows dealers to continue selling and delivering both new and used vehicles.”

Dealers are instructed to attach a warning label to the mats instructing drivers not to stack two floor mats on top of each other.




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