In late September, Toyota announced a recall of eight models spanning a six-year production period. The concern: that "unsecured" or "incompatible" driver's side floor mats can slide over the gas pedal, causing it to become stuck in the open, accelerating position. However, some engineers and attorneys across the country fear that the problem could be more serious. They say it's likely that a defect in the electronic throttle control systems of newer Toyotas, introduced in 2002, may be getting "stuck" in the open position, which causes the vehicle to accelerate without applying pressure to the gas pedal. Indeed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received over 100 reports of accidents that potentially "stuck" throttles in Toyotas. Lawsuits alleging unsafe throttle systems have already been filed against Toyota in California and Oklahoma.

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