Since recalling about 10 million of its vehicles in the U.S., Toyota has received tens of thousands of customer complaints regarding the occurrence of sudden unintended acceleration in their vehicles. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 34 individuals have died in these crashes, to date, hundreds more have been injured in SUA crashes as a result of some type of vehicle equipment failure. Toyota claims the incidents of uncontrolled acceleration are likely caused by slipping floor mats and/or sticky accelerator pedals.
However, federal investigators suspect and are currently investigating whether electronic systems, such as those implanted in newer engines, are responsible for sudden unintended acceleration. Although Toyota denies this possibility, approximately 80 percent of all consumer complaints regarding SUA note they are not linked to floor mat or accelerator pedal defects.
Regardless of the cause, however, victims of these Toyota motor vehicle accidents may have a legitimate product liability claim against Toyota. Those who qualify will be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical bills, property damage, permanent disabilities, and pain and suffering. For more information, or to find out if you have a claim, contact our accident lawyers for a free evaluation.
Legal Action Against Toyota's Vehicle Equipment Failure
Currently, a number of state and federal agencies are conducting their own investigations regarding Toyota's:
• Possible negligence in reporting equipment vehicle defects and sudden unintended acceleration
• Potential knowledgeable of SUA prior to their September 2009 recall
• Policies and procedures regarding vehicle safety testing and recalling defective equipment
Agencies that are currently conducting such investigations and have already issued Toyota with a subpoena include the House Energy &Commerce Committee, the Los Angeles office of Securities & Exchange Commission and the New York grand jury.
In a September 2009 Toyota recall, Toyota recalled the following vehicles:
• 2005 – 2010 Avalons
• 2007 – 2010 Camrys
• 2009 – 2010 Corollas
• 2008 – 2010 Highlanders
• 2007 – 2010 Lexus ES350
• 2006 – 2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350
• 2009 – 2010 Matrix
• 2004 – 2009 Prius
• 2009 – 2010 RAV4s
• 2008 – 2010 Sequoias
• 2005 – 2010 Tacomas
• 2007 – 2010 Tundras
If you own one of these recalled vehicles, call your local Toyota dealership to schedule a recall maintenance service. Many dealerships are offering to pick up and repair cars for free, as well as offer customers free rental cars, in an effort to save face and curb recent negative publicity.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident caused by sudden acceleration, contact us to find out more information. Our lawyers are accepting cases nationwide on behalf of injured victims and their families. We offer free consultations.