In lieu of numerous car accident injuries and wrongful deaths that have occurred due to faulty floor mats, Toyota has recalled 3.8 million cars. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this is the sixth-largest recall in U.S. history and Toyota’s largest recall ever.
The faulty floor mats could cause the gas pedal to stick and cause a car accident as they did recently when off-duty officer Mark Saylor and his family were killed in a Santee car accident. The rented Lexus he was driving reached speeds of 125 mph before it hit a Ford Explorer, smashed through a fence and hit an embankment, bursting into flames and killing everyone in the car.
UPDATE: Toyota has issued a recall for defective accelerators.
The auto accident lawyers at our San Diego firm know that a defective auto part could lead to an automobile accident. In fact, automobiles have hundreds of different parts that, if defective, could cause a car accident, which could be grounds for a products liability.
The recall includes 2007-2010 model year Toyota Camry, 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon, 2004-2009 Toyota Prius, 2005-2010 Tacoma, 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra, 2007-2010 Lexus ES350 and 2006-2010 Lexus IS250/IS350.
If the gas pedal becomes caught on a faulty floor mat Toyota has said to take the following steps:
- Reach down and pull the mat back from the accelerator.
- Pull over and stop your car.
- If you can’t do the first two press on your brake with both feet.
- Shift the vehicle into neutral.
- Continue braking until you come to a stop.
However, if you own any of the model years that have been recalled you should take them to a local dealer so that the defective floor mats can be fixed.
Our auto accident lawyers know that nothing is made perfect but if a product causes you or a loved one harm the manufacturer should be held accountable for any injuries you endure.
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