Up to 11,646 Lexus cars recalled over floor mats


TAIPEI–The manufacturer of Lexus vehicles has issue a recall in Taiwan over a flawed floor mat, the Consumer Protection Commission under the Executive Yuan said yesterday.

The cars being recalled are the RX330 made between Feb. 10, 2003 and Jan. 16, 2006; the RX350 that rolled out of the plant between Aug. 31, 2005 and July 26, 2006; and the RX400h produced on May 18, 2006.

The recall, which could involve up to 11,646 vehicles, was issued due to a flawed decorative device on the front-left floor mat that could loosen and interfere with the accelerator pedals, causing a safety risk while driving.

The commission said that it would only take about 30 minutes for car owners to have the decoration replaced.

However replacements will only be available from April 6 as Hotai Motor, the dealer and distributor for Lexus, is waiting for a supply of replacement parts from its Japanese producer, Toyota Motor Co., it added.