Toyota Recalls Last 2 Million Cars, ‘Unintended Acceleration’ Case Closed

Toyota Recalls Last 2 Million Cars, 'Unintended Acceleration' Case ClosedThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has asked Toyota to recall an additional 2.17 million vehicles due to problems with jams in the accelerator pedal. Toyota has done so, bringing the total number of cars they've recalled due to the 'unintended acceleration' problem to 14 million worldwide and prompting the agency to close the investigation, The Associated Press reports.

The world's biggest automaker started the recalls in 2009, and paid the U.S. government nearly $50 million in fines for its handling of the recalls. After reviewing 400,000 pages of Toyota documents to determine if previous recalls were adequate, Department of Transportation officials asked the carmaker to recall the last 2.17 million vehicles, including more than half a million 4Runners, RAV4 compact SUVs and approximately 17,000 Lexuses. The recall also affects more than 300,000 RX 330, RX 350 and RX 400H vehicles and nearly 400,000 Toyota Highlanders. Model years affected differ by model, but range from 2003 to 2011. All vehicles affected by the recall reportedly have varying problems related to the accelerator pedal entrapment issues that prompted the initial 2009 recall.

According to Bloomberg, Toyota experienced a 0.4 percent drop in U.S. sales last year – the only such drop among large automakers.