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Widespread Liability Exposure Resulting from the Toyota Recall

Auto Accident AttorneyIn recent years, there have been persistent complaints with several models of Toyota vehicles with regard to episodes of uncontrollable acceleration. Consumers have complained of instances in which their Toyota vehicle was unresponsive to efforts to slow down or stop, resulting in essentially a   runaway vehicle. Collisions, crashes, damage & destruction of vehicles and property, and injury & death have all resulted from these instances of uncontrolled acceleration.

As these complaints mounted, Toyota assured the public that all was well with their vehicles, and that a dangerous or defective vehicle was not to blame. As a result, in cases of crashes, liability was often assigned to the driver (based upon negligence) and the role of the vehicle in potentially causing the collision was overlooked.

In the past few months, evidence contradicting Toyota’s claims that their vehicles were not at fault became impossible to ignore. Following widespread media attention and the threat of both legal action and governmental intervention, in February, 2010 Toyota finally responded with a recall of a large number of their most popular models, citing two problems (existing individually or in combination) that they have termed Floor Mat Pedal Entrapment and Sticking Accelerator Pedal as the cause of the complaints. The affected models include the following:

Toyota

  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2009-2010 Corolla
  • 2008-2010 Highlander
  • 2009-2010 Matrix
  • 2004-2009 Prius
  • 2010 Prius
  • 2009-2010 RAV4
  • 2008-2010 Sequoia
  • 2005-2010 Tacoma
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2009-2010 Venza

Lexus

  • 2006-2010 IS 250
  • 2006-2010 IS 350
  • 2007-2010 ES 350

Floor Mat Pedal Entrapment and Sticking Accelerator Pedal are two different problems that both may result in difficulty/inability to control or slow your vehicle; the first involves the potential of the floor mat to trap the accelerator pedal in the wide-open position, and the second involves the likelihood that normal wear & tear on a portion of the pedal assembly may result in friction that has the potential to leave the throttle partially open, or delay its return to a closed position.

Ensure Your Legal Rights in the Toyota Recall

Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. is eager to assist consumers in cases of property damage, loss or destruction, or personal injury or death, as a result of manufacturing defects contained within these recalled vehicles. Those impacted include not only the owners of these cars, but any individuals who have been involved in accidents with these vehicles. Additionally, prior liability judgments are being reviewed in the wake of this new recall information, and in one celebrated case a man that has been jailed for several years may be set free: http://www.today.msnbc.msn.com/id/35589163/.

If you own one of these models, or have been involved in an accident with one, you may be entitled to additional compensation. Contact Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. for a free consultation in order to explore your full legal rights. We specialize in both automobile accidents and product liability, and our team of skilled attorneys has the experience, knowledge, and determination to ensure that you receive the full recompense that you are legally entitled to.

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