Toyota to Replace 3.8M Gas Pedals

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Toyota Motor Corp. has announced it will replace faulty gas pedals on 3.8 million vehicles.

The recall covers the Toyota Camry and the Toyota Prius, including these models -- the 2007-10 model year Camry, 2005-10 Toyota Avalon, 2004-09 Prius, 2005-10 Toyota Tacoma, 2007-10 Toyota Tundra, 2007-10 Lexus ES350 and 2006-10 Lexus IS250/350.

These models have had problems with sudden acceleration or the gas pedal becoming stuck under the floor mat.

Beginning in January, Toyota dealers will shorten the length of the pedals. New pedals for the cars will be available in April and even some vehicles will have a brake override system installed.

The recall of the accelerators is Toyota's largest in the U.S. It resulted from a high-speed crash that occurred in California in three months ago. A California Highway Patrol officer and three members of his family were killed near San Diego in a 2009 Lexus ES350. A family member in the Lexus make a 911 call moments before the crash, telling the operator the accelerator on the car was stuck and the driver couldn't stop the car.

In Japan, Toyota President Akio Toyoda called the fatal crash "extremely regrettable" and offered his "deepest condolences" to the California family.

On Tuesday, Toyota announced a recall of 110,000 Tundra trucks from the 2000-03 model years to address excessive rust on the vehicle's frame.

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