With all the different vehicle recalls that have beset Toyota recently, it can be difficult to tell them apart. The bottom line is that millions of vehicles have been recalled due to defects that have caused auto accidents. These accidents have led to many injuries and deaths in the US.
What started as a floor mat issue has quickly become a breakdown in quality control. Toyota has recalled vehicles due to faulty gas pedals, brakes, and now steering columns. The latest vehicle caught up in the massive recall is the Toyota Corolla.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports at least 168 complaints from Corolla owners whose steering has been loose or unresponsive while driving on highways. There have been at least eight auto accidents and 11 injuries as a result of this steering defect.
The problems with the floor mat in select Toyota vehicles dates back to October when it became public. At that time, Toyota denied the NHTSA report that there was anything more that needed to be done besides remove the floor mat. NHTSA had called for a complete redesign.
Perhaps the largest problem facing Toyota and consumers right now is a defect with the accelerator. Toyota drivers have reported unexpected acceleration in their vehicles. Four people were killed in San Diego when their Toyota would not stop due to a stuck gas pedal and out of control acceleration, despite attempts to stop.
The gas pedal defect may have been known for years by Toyota, but the company did little to fix it and did not warn the public they were driving unsafe vehicles. The affected vehicles that are a part of this recent recall are:
- 2007-2010 Camry
- 2005-2010 Avalon
- 2004-2009 Prius
- 2005-2010 Tacoma
- 2007-2010 Tundra
- 2007-2010 Lexus ES350 and 2006-2010 IS250/IS350 2009
- 2008-2010 Highlander
- 2009-2010 Corolla
- 009-2010 Venza
- 2009-2010 Matrix
- 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe
- 2010 Toyota RAV4
- 2008-2010 Toyota Sequoia
The US Transportation Department has demanded documents related to the recall from Toyota, and Toyota president, Akio Toyoda, has been summoned before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to discuss the automaker’s defective vehicles.
The issues with Toyota vehicles go beyond simple apologies and redesigns if it is found that consumers have been injured or killed as a result of these defects. Families suffering the pain and anguish of losing a loved one, as well as financial hardship due to medical bills, can file claims for damages with the experienced attorneys at Techmeier Law Firm of Wisconsin.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective Toyota vehicle in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, please contact the personal injury attorneys at Techmeier Law Firm for an initial consultation.