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October 2, 2009

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In recent news stories, “Pilots question airspeed sensors’ troubled history” and "Toyota recall: 3.8 million cars with risky floor mats ", you wonder if anyone is concerned about your safety?  From driving to flying you can only wonder why action is taken only after a fatal accident?  Does the fear of a lawsuit from a personal injury attorney cause the change of a dangerous product?

How is it pilots questions went unanswered since 2002?  According the Associated Press “Airbus knew since at least 2002 about problems with the type of speed sensor that malfunctioned on an Air France passenger plane that went down in June. But air safety authorities did not order their replacement until after the crash, which killed all 228 people aboard”.   The questions came from pilots, why didn't their voice help prevent this aviation tragedy?

“A stuck open accelerator pedal may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death," said Toyota in its recall statement.   The potential problem dates back to 2004 with some models.  Again the backbone of this recall was “information from investigators indicated that a fatal crash involving a family driving a 2009 ES350 loaned by a local Lexus dealer in San Diego could have been caused by an all-weather floor mat interfering with the accelerated pedal because of a faulty mat installation.”

In both cases it took a fatal crash to prompt action.  Most Personal injury attorneys who practice product liability are not surprised as they are disappointed.  They have seen this pattern of looking the other way to dangerous product until as indicated by Toyota, this may cause serious injury or death.

It is the hope from the Injury lawyers at Nurenberg Paris, that prompt action will be taken when manufacturer learn of defects to protect those from serious injury or death.

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