Any time that the government wants to get involved in making automobiles safer and more secure, we say all the better. Our goal here at Serious Accidents is to stop personal injuries before they happen, or hopefully in this case, stop any more injuries from happening in a situation such as this one.
Due to sudden acceleration concerns, President Obama’s administration is currently weighing the choice to install brake override systems in every car that uses a computer in the brake system — every, single one, writes The New York Times. This, of course, comes after the lengthy recall that Toyota motors started earlier this year and continues to find itself trying to climbing out from under.
The auto accident lawyers at our San Diego law firm believe that something like this should have happened a long time ago to prevent wrongful deaths from happening on the road. Unintended acceleration is technically speeding yet the driver has no control over the engine and the gas pedal will not release from a downward position.
Sound like a scary situation? It is and it hits home for us in San Diego because an off-duty police officer and his family died in August, 2009 because of unintended acceleration. That shouldn’t happen again.
Essentially a deactivation device, the brake override system allows drivers to stop safely by cutting off the accelerator once the brake is pressed, no matter if the car’s throttle sticks open or not. Though it is used around the globe, some vehicles still lack it, especially new models, which means that there is a large number of cars on the road that are run by computers who might continue to accelerate if the gas pedal is stuck even if the driver is putting pressure on the brake. This could cause property damage, catastrophic injuries, and who knows what other kinds of horrors.
For several years Toyota did not put a brake override system in their cars. Since last week, the auto giant has installed the devices into Camry, Lexus, Avalon, Tacoma, Venza, and Sequoia models. But why did the build cars sans this technology when they knew it was unsafe? That what our San Diego car accidnet lawyers want to know.
“We’re looking at it. We think it is a good safety device, and we’re trying to figure out if we should be recommending it,” Ray LaHood, the Secretary of Transportation, told Senator Jay Rockefeller during the Senate Committee on Commerce, Energy and Transportation hearing. Under scruitany by the Congressional committie the Toyota recalls, as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) response to the recall.
Rockefeller had criticized the NHTSA for not properly being away of the problem, nor having the necessary training to educate manufactures about the problem, this one focusing namely on computer chips controlling how a car stops.
Our firm of San Diego auto accident attorneys want to make sure that, just like a good car insurance policy, we protect you out on the road. If you have a Toyota vehicle or another kind of car with an onboard computer and are worried about not being able to stop unintended acceleration, we encourage you to take it to your nearest dealer to either participate in a recall or have all your questions answered.
If you were injured and believe that you deserve compensation, then call our bilingual law offices right away at 1-858-551-2090 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney and find out how we can help you. We look forward to providing good advice for your case. There is no fee if no recovery.