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Toyota denies electronics the cause safety problems

5-26-07-toyota-prius-crashToyota continues to insist at Congressional Hearings that the electronics its cars were not the cause of the sudden acceleration. Various members of a congressional panel responded that it should not be ruled out. Toyota maintains that the “stuck gas pedals” were caused by one of two problems — misplaced floor mats and sticking accelerator pedals.

Toyota’s president. Akio Toyoda, is scheduled to testify before the congressional panel and stated he took “full responsibility” for the uncertainty felt by Toyota owners. He offered his condolences to a San Diego, Calif., family who were killed in late August. “I will do everything in my power to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again,” Toyoda said in prepared testimony for Wednesday’s hearing to the House Government Oversight Committee. “My name is on every car. You have my personal commitment that Toyota will work vigorously and unceasingly to restore the trust of our customers,” Toyoda said.

Congress is investigating Toyota’s problems. Toyota has recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide — more than 6 million in the United States — since last fall because of sudden acceleration problems in multiple models, braking issues in the Prius hybrid and steering concerns in the Corollas. People with Toyotas have complained about their speeding out of control in their efforts to slow down, sometimes resulting in deadly crashes. The government has received complaints of 34 deaths linked to sudden acceleration of Toyota vehicles since 2000.

Representative, Henry Waxman, D-Calif., chairman of the full Energy and Commerce Committee, rejected Toyota’s position that its electronics could not possibly be the cause and said this should have been investigated more thoroughly by the company. Waxman was also critical of the federal government saying: “Toyota failed its customers and the government neglected its responsibilities.”

Congressman, Bart Stupak, of Michigan said Toyota “all but ignored pleas from consumers to examine sudden unintended acceleration events. . . .They boast in a briefing of saving Toyota $100 million by negotiating a limited recall. They claim that they first became aware of sticking pedals in late October of 2009 when in fact they had received numerous complaints many months and years earlier. . . .They misled the American public by saying that they and other independent sources had thoroughly analyzed the electronics systems and eliminated electronics as a possible cause of sudden unintended acceleration when, in fact, the only such review was a flawed study conducted by a company retained by Toyota’s lawyers.”

The current wave of sudden acceleration incidents involving many of Toyota’s most popular models will almost certainly end up being litigating in the courts. These product liability suits will be for wrongful death and other serious personal injuries. Given the unfavorable climate surrounding Toyota, that company may be inclined to resolve these suits quickly rather than drag them out and create more unfavorable publicity.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims.

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Toyota issues nationwide recall of cars to fix gas pedal, including Florida sales

A 2010 Toyota Corolla, right, is shown at San Francisco Toyota car dealership in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010. Toyota Motor Co. is temporarily suspending sales of eight vehicle models involved in last week's recall of 2.3 million vehicles to fix accelerator pedals with mechanical problems that could cause them to become stuck. The Japanese automaker says the sales suspension includes the 2009-2010 RAV4, the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2005-2010 Avalon, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2010 Highlander, the 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequoia. The recall came months after Toyota recalled 4.2 million vehicles due to gas pedals that could become trapped under floor mats, causing the vehicle to accelerate. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Toyota announced that it is recalling 2.3 million vehicles in the United States to correct problems with its accelerator pedals that can become stuck. These cars were sold nationwide, many in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The recall affects the 2009-2010 RAV4, the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2005-2010 Avalon, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2010 Highlander, the 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequoia. The attached announcement from Toyotal answers some of the questions concerning these models.

Toyota previously recalled 4.2 million vehicles over concerns that accelerator pedals could become lodged under floor mats, causing sudden acceleration. That problem was blamed for several crashes, including an accident involving a Lexus that accelerated to more than 120 mph before crashing in San Diego, killing four people.

Toyota said this latest recall is due to potential problems with the actual gas pedal mechanism itself, causing the accelerator to become stuck regardless of whether the vehicle contains a floor mat. Toyota said in certain rare cases, the gas pedal mechanism wears down, causing the accelerator to become harder to press, slower to return or, in some cases, stuck.

Toyota said the problem appeared to be related to the potential build-up of condensation on sliding surfaces in the accelerator system that helps drivers push down or release the gas pedal. Toyota, however, did not announce the solution for this problem.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement that the problem represents a serious safety issue and tnat immediate action should be taken.

Problems with gas pedals that “stick” for no apparent reason are often referred to as “unintended acceleration.” It is not too hard to imagine the out-of-control situations which can result when an automobile continues to accelerate no matter what the driver does to the gas pedal. The bottom line: a car traveling at a high rate of speed without the ability to slow down or stop, will eventually become involved in an accident.

In these types of situation, the car’s driver and passenger may suffer significant injuries or death. Florida law allows for product liability lawsuits against an automobile manufacturer where the defect is one that could have been prevented by the manufacturer during the design or manufacture of the car. Such lawsuits freqently involve catastrophic medical injuries orwrongful death.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims.

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.

Toyota issues nationwide recall of cars to fix gas pedal, including Florida sales

toyota-corollaToyota announced that it is recalling 2.3 million vehicles in the United States to correct problems with its accelerator pedals that can become stuck. These cars were sold nationwide, many in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The recall affects the 2009-2010 RAV4, the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2005-2010 Avalon, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2010 Highlander, the 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequoia. The attached announcement from Toyotal answers some of the questions concerning these models.

Toyota previously recalled 4.2 million vehicles over concerns that accelerator pedals could become lodged under floor mats, causing sudden acceleration. That problem was blamed for several crashes, including an accident involving a Lexus that accelerated to more than 120 mph before crashing in San Diego, killing four people.

Toyota said this latest recall is due to potential problems with the actual gas pedal mechanism itself, causing the accelerator to become stuck regardless of whether the vehicle contains a floor mat. Toyota said in certain rare cases, the gas pedal mechanism wears down, causing the accelerator to become harder to press, slower to return or, in some cases, stuck.

Toyota said the problem appeared to be related to the potential build-up of condensation on sliding surfaces in the accelerator system that helps drivers push down or release the gas pedal. Toyota, however, did not announce the solution for this problem.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a statement that the problem represents a serious safety issue and tnat immediate action should be taken.

Problems with gas pedals that “stick” for no apparent reason are often referred to as “unintended acceleration.” It is not too hard to imagine the out-of-control situations which can result when an automobile continues to accelerate no matter what the driver does to the gas pedal. The bottom line: a car traveling at a high rate of speed without the ability to slow down or stop, will eventually become involved in an accident.

In these types of situation, the car’s driver and passenger may suffer significant injuries or death. Florida law allows for product liability lawsuits against an automobile manufacturer where the defect is one that could have been prevented by the manufacturer during the design or manufacture of the car. Such lawsuits freqently involve catastrophic medical injuries orwrongful death.

With over 50 years of collective service to the South Florida community, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at The Ben Law Firm have helped thousands of clients to obtain money compensation for their personal injury and wrongful death claims.

All of the firm’s partners have received the prestigious “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is a recognition by their peers in the legal community that their practice meets the highest professional and ethical standards.