February 4th, 2010|
When Toyota announced it would halt the selling eight models it left many consumers and businesses asking a lot of questions. The small glitch has now escalated to a crisis for Toyota.
Toyota Motor Sales announced a recall of 2.3 million vehicles because of sticking accelerator pedals on specific Toyota Division models. This recall is separate from the ongoing recall of 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles due to the risk of “pedal entrapment” by incorrect or out of place accessory floor mats. Approximately 1.7 million Toyota vehicles are subject to both recalls.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns the accelerator pedals of millions of Toyotas may get stuck in the “open” position, which describes a situation when the accelerator pedal is pressed down and the vehicle accelerates out of the driver’s control. The NHTSA says, “A stuck accelerator may result in very high vehicle speeds and a crash, which could cause serious injury or death.”
“This is an urgent matter,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “For everyone’s sake, we strongly urge owners of these vehicles to remove mats or other obstacles that could lead to unintended acceleration.”
Some of the recalled Toyota and Lexus models include:
•2007-2010 ES 350
•2006-2010 IS 250 and IS350
Affected Accelerator Pedal Signs according to Toyota’s U.S. national manager for environmental safety and quality, “The accelerator might feel a little balky or stiff or rough when you depress it. The pedal may be slow to return to its original position after you let up. It won’t spring back like it used to. The problem is progressive, meaning if you feel a slight change, it likely will get worse over time.”
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood suggested at a hearing today “If the cars are dangerous enough that they can’t be sold, how could owners still be fine driving them?” Toyota is working to quickly identify and correct the problem.
During the past few weeks consumers and businesses have looked for answers and repairs to their recalled vehicles. The Nurenberg Paris law firm wants to help you and your loved ones, if you’ve been the victim of unintended acceleration due to the pedal of your Toyota or Lexus vehicle becoming trapped under a floor mat or getting struck because of mechanical reasons. If you or someone you care about has suffered, contact our law firm today and we’ll do everything in our power to help get you the compensation you deserve.