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Between September 2009 and February 2010, Toyota initiated three major vehicle recalls to address a variety of defects with many of the models in both the Toyota and Lexus lines. They have also experienced a fourth major problem and are currently evaluating whether or not to issue another recall.
Sudden Unintended Acceleration
Two major recalls have involved Toyota and Lexus models which contain defects resulting in sudden unintended acceleration of the vehicle. As a result, drivers have been unable to slow their vehicle for a period of time. These recalls have affected approximately 8 million vehicles around the world.
The first recall involved vehicles containing defective floor mats which would cause the gas pedal to get lodged underneath the mat, leading to uncontrolled acceleration. The second recall was due to defective accelerator pedals which have a tendency to stick, causing the uncontrolled acceleration.
The following vehicles have been involved in the recalls associated with sudden unintended acceleration:
- 2005-2010 Avalon
- 2007-2010 Camry
- 2009-2010 Corolla
- 2008-2010 Highlander
- 2007-2010 Lexus ES350
- 2006-2010 Lexus IS250
- 2009-2010 Matrix
- 2004-2009 Prius
- 2009-2010 RAV4
- 2008-2010 Sequoia
- 2005-2010 Tacoma
- 2007-2010 Tundra
- 2009-2010 Venza
There have been over 2,000 complaints lodged with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) associated with these defective autos. Currently, at least 29 auto accidents resulting in 37 fatalities have been linked with sudden unintended acceleration defects.
Toyota Prius Hybrid and Lexus HS 250h Hybrid Anti-Lock Brake System Defects
In February 2010, Toyota recalled roughly 400,000 2010 Prius Hybrids around the world and all Lexus HS 250h Hybrids sold in the United States due to problems with the anti-lock brake systems. Currently, at least 124 reports of defective anti-lock brake issues have been lodged with the NHTSA.
These defective anti-lock brakes have led to a hazardous time delay between pressing the brake pedal and the moment the vehicle actually slows to a stop. Toyota has attributed the defective product to a software problem, and the manufacturer is currently working on a solution.
Toyota Corolla Power Steering Problem
While no recall has been initiated yet, Toyota is also evaluating problems with the power steering system in 2009 and 2010 Toyota Corollas. There have been approximately 100 complaints filed with the NHTSA regarding defective power steering issues resulting in six auto accidents and ten injuries. The Corolla is the second largest selling Toyota model, so if they issue a recall, it will most likely affect millions of vehicles.
The power steering defects have resulted in vehicles unexpectedly swerving to the right or left at high speeds. Vehicles will often drift out of the lane when traveling on the highway.
The Yost Legal Group Can Help
The experienced Baltimore defective product lawyers at the Yost Legal Group can help you receive compensation for your damages if you have been injured in an auto accident caused by a defective Toyota. We can offer you the best of both worlds – the close personal attention typically provided by small firms and the high-powered, aggressive litigation services of a large firm. The result is highly skilled, attentive representation with the resources to ensure you the greatest likelihood of success in your claim.
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