The Dangers of Unintended Acceleration Vehicle Accidents
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Runaway cars caused by unexpected accelerations have killed more than eighty people and injured hundreds more. There have been over 6,200 complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding sudden unintended acceleration incidents involving Toyota and Lexus vehicles.
After receiving over 2,000 reports of unintended acceleration Toyota initiated a recall of millions of Toyota vehicles in 2009. Toyota blamed the recall on unintended acceleration issues caused by defective floor mats that caused the gas pedal to stick. However, a lot of the customers complaints dealing with the unintended acceleration issue had nothing to do with the floor mats. Instead many of the complaints dealt with “sticky pedals” which caused the gas pedal to get stuck partially depressed.
Toyota remained under continued pressure from the media and government regulators about the potential problems with “sticky pedals.” Toyota finally buckled under this pressure and, in January of 2010, announced an second recall of 2.3 million vehicles. This recall was issued to address all unintended acceleration issues regardless of whether a floor mat was involved.
Toyota later admitted that their 2009 recall did not cover all the defective motor vehicles. During the course of the company’s investigation they discovered the problem with the floor mats. However, they also discovered the problem with the “sticky pedals.” Instead of revealing the sticky pedal issue to the public and issuing a recall Toyota tried to hide the problem. Toyota would have to pay a 1.2 Billion dollar fine for hiding the deadly unintended acceleration issue.
Vehicle Recalls for Sticky Gas Pedal and Floor Mat Defects
Toyota and its other company, Lexus, have recalled several models because of sticky gas pedals and floor mat gas pedal entrapment issues. These models include:
- 2007 – 2010 Camry
- 2005 – 2010 Avalon
- 2004 – 2009 Prius
- 2005 – 2010 Tacoma
- 2007 – 2010 Tundra
- 2008 – 2010 Highlander
- 2009 – 2010 Corolla
- 2009 – 2010 Venza
- 2009 – 2010 Matrix
- 2009-2010 RAV4
- 2009-2010 Corolla
- 2009-2010 Matrix
- 2005-2010 Avalon
- 2007-2010 Camry
- 2010 Highlander
- 2007-2010 Tundra
- 2008-2010 Sequoia
A Note About Driver Error: NHTSA states that there are over 16,000 preventable accidents caused by gas and brake pedal error every year. The NHTSA stresses the importance of keeping the right foot in the middle of the accelerator and the brake pedal. They also attribute many accidents to not wearing suitable shoes. It is difficult to operate the gas and brake pedals when wearing flip flops, sandals and high heels. However, if you believe that you were driving a car and a manufacturer’s defect caused an accident due to sudden or unexpected acceleration, call us at (508) 588-0422 for a free legal consultation.
Boston Area Experienced Wrongful Death and Sudden Vehicle Acceleration Accident Attorneys
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If you or a loved one suffered an injury or fatality in a sudden unintended acceleration accident then call an injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan today. We have a proven track record with over 35 years of legal experience. Our attorneys have successfully represented countless families over the years.
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Our lawyers assist accident victims throughout all Southeast Massachusetts including, but not limited to, those in the following counties, cities and towns: Plymouth County including Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Marshfield, Hingham, Duxbury, Wareham, Abington, Rockland, Whitman, Hanson, Middleborough; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Brookline, Franklin; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham, Norton; and the Greater Boston area including Cambridge, Dorchester, Roxbury and Somerville.
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