Sudden Unintended Acceleration
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Since 2009, Toyota has recalled 14 million vehicles worldwide for sudden unintended acceleration problems, paid record fines for violating recall procedures required under U.S. safety regulations, and became the subject of a congressional investigation. Toyota has blamed the problems on faulty floor mats and stuck accelerator pedals. Many safety experts and plaintiffs’ lawyers, however, blame Toyota’s sudden-acceleration incidents on a highly obscure electronic malfunction – a claim that Toyota disputes.
At the end of September 2009, Toyota announced that it would recall nearly 4 million vehicles that, the company says, are at risk of sudden unintended acceleration because of a floor mat problem. Both Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a safety warning on September 29, urging owners of several Toyota and Lexus vehicle models to remove the driver side floor mat immediately. According to the announcement, the gas pedal can become jammed on the floor mat, causing the vehicle to accelerate unexpectedly.
On January 22, Toyota announced another recall of 2.3 million American cars and trucks, saying that the gas pedal mechanisms could wear out over time and cause the accelerator to stick or grow unresponsive.
Both sudden unintended acceleration-related recalls also affect hundreds of thousands of Toyota vehicles in Canada and millions in Europe.
Making matters even worse, on Feb. 5 Toyota announced a third recall that includes more than 300,000 third-generation 2010 Prius hybrid vehicles, and a planned recall for an additional 14,500 2010 Lexus HS250h vehicles. The Prius recall is a result of numerous complaints that brakes in these vehicles do not work properly, and can momentarily stop working after the car hits a bump. Toyota is recalling the Prius for a software update for the Antilock Brake System (ABS). The ABS software in the Lexus also will be updated.
Do you have a claim?
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or if a loved one has died as the result of Toyota’s sudden unintended acceleration, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free legal consultation, contact us today!
Beasley Allen is handling individual product liability lawsuits where deaths and disabling injuries are involved in a sudden unintended acceleration. Beasley Allen has also filed several class action lawsuits on behalf of Toyota owners.