Toyota announced in September that it would recall 3.8 million vehicles in the United States for problem that caused thousands of it vehicles to suddenly accelerate out of control. The recall involved some of Toyota’s most popular models, including the Camry, Prius and the Tacoma and Tundra pickup trucks.
Toyota said it was still working with officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to find a remedy to fix the problem and said owners could be notified about the recall as early as next week.
Toyota has continually said its sudden acceleration problem was related to floor mat incompatibility only. However, safety regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA") sharply criticized Toyota for misleading the public about Toyota’s sudden acceleration defect.
Toyota has known about the sudden acceleration issue since at least 2004. More than five years ago, the Center for Auto Safety reported that Toyota’s sudden acceleration problem may be caused by an electronic throttle control in Toyota vehicles. However, Toyota has repeatedly refused to even consider the possibility.
Why hasn’t Toyota done a full investigation of its electronic throttle control system? If the unintended acceleration problem is cause only by floor mats, why are customers without floor mats in their vehicle experiencing the same problem?
Toyota is on track to place more than 7 million vehicles on the road this year. Toyota has ignored this problem for far too long and needs to fix it before its too late.
You can learn more about the Toyota sudden acceleration defect by reading these previous reports of Toyota’s sudden acceleration problem:
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Brett Emison is currently a partner at Langdon & Emison, a firm dedicated to helping injured victims across the country from their primary office near Kansas City. Mainly focusing on catastrophic injury and death cases as well as complex mass tort and dangerous drug cases, Mr. Emison often deals with automotive defects, automobile crashes, railroad crossing accidents (train accidents), trucking accidents, dangerous and defective drugs, defective medical devices.