Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Millions More Recalled by Toyota for Defective Gas Pedal

Most motor vehicle accidents are caused by driver errors but there are also incidents wherein auto defects are to blame for fatal car crashes.

Following the deaths of a CHP officer and his family, car-maker giant Toyota has launched the recall of millions of affected models said to have “unsecured floor mats” which cause unintended accelerations.

Some 4.2 million vehicles recalled later, Toyota has recently announced another massive recall in order to fix accelerator pedals with mechanical problems. The gas pedal mechanism can potentially get worn down and this may cause the accelerator to get harder to press, slower to return or even stuck.

Since Toyota’s first recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received 100 reported accidents, wherein 17 crashes and 5 fatalities are suspected to have been caused by defective floor mats and accelerator pedals in Toyota vehicles.

The latest recall made by Toyota involves the following car models:

• 2005-2010 Avalon
• 2007-2010 Camry
• 2007-2010 Tundra
• 2008-2010 Sequoia
• 2009-2010 RAV4
• 2009-2010 Corolla
• 2009-2010 Matrix
• 2010 Highlander

At present, the Japanese company with a previously sterling reputation, is working on a solution to the accelerator pedal problem. However, the problematic gas pedal system came from a single supplier. Toyota is quick to shoulder responsibility when Toyota spokesman John Hanson said, “"Responsibility for this in the end is ours."

Indeed, motor vehicle defect liability falls squarely on the shoulders of car manufacturers. There is a warrant of safety and quality that once a car is sold on the market, consumers can expect to be safe with the purchase.

In the event that a car crash accident occurs because of auto defects, car owners have every right to hold car manufacturers or auto parts suppliers liable in a product liability lawsuit.