The Toyota Matrix is not immune to the huge rash of Toyota model recalls being made by the manufacturer as safety concerns continue to rise over the general engineering of new Toyota vehicles. In the past, the Matrix was promoted as a safety-minded ride, with features like Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRAC) being added to the 2010 Matrix. This small Toyota car also got high marks on design when Toyota recently collaborated with renowned guitar manufacturer Fender to provide modern interior design for the Matrix.
The Toyota Matrix is currently part of two general safety recalls where customers have reported sudden or unintended acceleration in vehicles. The first recall was a recall of floor mats, where Toyota found that some floor mats in some vehicles were interfering with the gas pedal. The second recall involved gas pedals that were prone to sticking on their own, where Toyota has designed a reinforced gas pedal as a potential solution. Toyota customers can now use the company web site to enter their VIN number to see which of these recalls applies to their vehicle.
The inclusion in the current Toyota recalls is less extensive for the Matrix, as it only includes the 2009 and 2010 model years, where recalls for some Toyota cars go back as far as 2005 for the same issues. However, Toyota admits by its own numbers that the total recall figures include several million vehicles, and thousands of Matrix cars are affected.
Although it is by far the largest modern recall for the Matrix, the current safety recall is not the only recent recall to apply to this Toyota. A recall announced by Toyota in August of 2009 involved a threat of condensation from the positive crankcase ventilation or “PCV” port that could potentially affect braking in the vehicle if it was driven “in extremely low ambient temperatures.” Toyota customers can use resources on the Toyota recall website to address any recent recalls, including those for sudden acceleration, where the manufacturer is still conducting tests and trials to find out specifically what is behind reports of Toyotas accelerating out of control.
The issue of sudden acceleration is a dangerous one, and those Matrix owners who have been injured in an accident due to a Toyota recall should consider retaining a Toyota Matrix recall accident attorney to seek compensation to which they may be entitled to under the law. If you or a family member sustained injuries and damages in a Toyota recall accident, the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. is an experienced Toyota Matrix recall accident lawyer you can turn to for assistance. Call 877-FL-INJURY for speedy assistance or submit the online contact form to put you on the road to recovery.
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