More details are coming out about this year’s massive Toyota recall including information about who knew what and when. As the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration prepares to pursue fines and penalties against the Toyota for what it considers to be a pattern of inaction on major safety issues, officials are looking at a timeline for how various national agencies were notified about problems with accelerator pedals in Toyota vehicles.
The NHTSA has claimed that Canadian officials knew about the accelerator problems in the fall of 2009. Reports of fixes in Canadian manufacturing facilities just stir up the water on the issue of how Canadian authorities received information about Toyota’s safety problems. Canadian officials say they were not in the loop when Toyota circulated a document regarding accelerator problems to European nations in September of 2009.
Whether Canada was originally informed or not, it seems apparent that Toyota knew about the problem in 2009 and notified its European market. In effect, the U.S., or the North American market, seems to have been the last to know about the major issue with sudden or unintended acceleration.
Late in 2009, Toyota started to recalled vehicles for floor mats, then for “sticky gas pedals.” Toyota is also looking at installing brake over-ride systems in some of the more than eight million vehicles recalled to date. However, these questions remain: What repairs will be sufficient to make these vehicles roadworthy again? What will it take to put the matter to rest? With dozens of fatalities and many more injuries reported related to recalled Toyotas, it’s no small concern. It may take a long time to iron out the details of the future relationship between Toyota, its markets and regulators responsible for protecting U.S. consumers from defective or dangerous products including cars.
Toyota Recall Injury Attorney Issues: Toyota Owners in Jeopardy
American drivers are often left trying to figure out what to do about the liability involved with owning a recalled Toyota. The increased risk of driving these vehicles combined with a lower resale price due to the scale of the recall puts some Toyota owners in a dicey situation. Will Toyotas become “toxic assets”? If so, who picks up the tab?
Injuries due to recalled Toyotas only increase the problem. Individual drivers may not know how to go up against the company to get compensated for injuries in a Toyota recall accident. If you have been injured in a Florida accident involving a recalled or defective Toyota, Orlando Toyota recall injury lawyer James O. Cunningham can help you seek compensation. This Central Florida Toyota recall accident attorney has a team of knowledgeable staff that will help you with every step of a case involving unfortunate Toyota recall accident injuries. Call 888-425-2004 or use the contact form for a quick response.
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Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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