Toyota Expands High-Profile Recall : Planet Money Toyota Motor Corp. will shorten the gas pedal and install a new brake system on some of 3.8 million vehicles recalled because of the risk they may accelerate without warning.
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Toyota Expands High-Profile Recall

The car giant announced that starting in January it will fix or replace pedals in 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles to prevent runaway acceleration first blamed on improperly installed floor mats.

Toyota launched the voluntary recall one month after a 2009 Lexus ES 350 sped out of control on a San Diego highway, killing off-duty California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor, his wife, Cleofe Lastrella; their daughter Mahala; and Chris Lastrella, Cleofe's brother.

The case has received widespread attention after audio tapes of the final moments were captured as Chris Lastrella made a frantic 911 call describing Saylor's futile efforts to stop the car, which crashed through an embankment and burned.

The recall affects the 2007-2010 Toyota Camry, the 2004-2009 Toyota Prius, the 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon, the 2005-2010 Tacoma, the 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra, the 2007-2010 Lexus ES 350 and the 2006-2010 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350.