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Posted On: November 4, 2009 by Steven D. Eversole

Alabama Personal Injury News: 3.8 Million Toyota Vehicles Recalled for Safety-Related Problem

Some of the simplest automobile defects can potentially kill and injure innocent people. Recently, across Alabama and elsewhere, Toyota recalled nearly four million cars and trucks for a problem that may cause the gas pedal to stick. This could make the vehicle accelerate out of control, possibly injuring the driver and passengers, and potentially endangering pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles. Curiously, the problem has to do with the floor mat design in some of the company’s vehicles.

While not strictly a mechanical defect, the design of these floor mats was obviously not thought out completely. This may sound humorous to some, but it’s no laughing matter. As an Alabama personal injury lawyer, I recommend that anyone injured by a Toyota vehicle affected with this problem should consider their right to compensation for any medical cost and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering they may have endured as a result. You need a qualified attorney to represent your case.

In September 2007, Toyota recalled an accessory all-weather floor mat sold for use in some 2007 and 2008 model year Lexus ES 350 and Toyota Camry vehicles because of similar problems. More recently, Toyota ordered 1,400 Toyota and Lexus dealers nationwide to ensure that each new, used and loaner vehicles had the proper floor mats and that the mats were properly secured.

This latest recall involves popular Toyota models such as the popular Camry and the hybrid Prius model. News articles indicate that Toyota is cooperating the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to find a fix for the problem.

This kind of product defect, although seemingly simple in nature, is just one of many equipment problems that can cause a motorist to lose control of his of her vehicle and perhaps become injured or even be killed. Because this problem could cause a racing engine scenario, the lives of other drivers, pedestrians and occupants of other vehicles could be endangered.

The NHTSA said it had received reports of 102 incidents in which the accelerator may have become stuck on the Toyota vehicles involved. It’s unclear how many of these resulted in crashes but the inquiry was prompted by a high-speed wreck back in August in the state of California. At that time, a Lexus sped out of control, reaching speeds exceeding 120mph. The family inside the vehicle made a frantic call to 911 to say that the accelerator was stuck and they couldn't stop the vehicle.

Anyone hurt as a result of such an incident should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer with a deep knowledge of automotive accident cases. No matter how minor the problem may seem, almost any defective vehicle component can become a safety concern if proper action is not taken to correct the problem. Don’t let your wellbeing or that of your family be adversely affected by even the simplest of vehicle defects.

Toyota, Lexus Mat Recall: 3.8 Million Vehicles Recalled Over Floor Mats, HuffingtonPost.com, September 29, 2009

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