According to a report by Bloomberg, Toyota knew about its unintended acceleration flaws more than 3 1/2 years before it recalled vehicles to fix the problem. Documents dated March 24 that were submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that Toyota learned that floor mats could entrap accelerator pedals as early as Feb. 7, 2006 and that pedals could stick 5 months later.
Toyota, which admitted to responding to the issue at an untimely manner, recalled about 8 million vehicles worldwide starting late last year to repair the two types of acceleration problems.
The first report of the accelerator being trapped against a floor mat was from a 2005 model year Prius.
Toyota started its recalls for the two pedal-related issues after the Aug. 28 Lexus ES crash that killed a family of four.
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