When Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS) announced a recall of driver’s-side floor mats on Tuesday — after reports that they’d caused accelerators to stick, leading to deadly crashes — the company suggested a quick fix. Until the company works out a permanent solution, Toyota urged owners of the affected cars to simply remove the mats.

The company probably wishes it had a comparable answer to the problem of its former in-house lawyer Dimitrios Biller.