As Toyota launches a recall that affects 3.8 million vehicles -- its largest ever -- the carmaker says it has pinpointed the cause of the problem: floor mats
The company says the mats can interfere with the gas pedal and cause it to get stuck. A stuck open accelerator pedal can result in high vehicle speeds and make it very difficult for a driver to stop the car.
Death and injury reports connected to the problem prompted Toyota to agree to the massive recall, but now a steady stream of voices from safety experts and from Toyota customers allege there is more than just floor mats to this problem.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Consumer Safety Alert & Details of Toyota Recall
Toyota: Statement Regarding Future Voluntary Safety Recall Related to Floor Mats
New York Times: Toyota Acceleration Problem Still Unresolved
ABC News: Sudden Acceleration Causes Owners to Rebel After Accidents
Consumer Reports: Putting Stuck Floor Mat Survival Strategies to the Test