News is getting around quickly that consumers and government officials are scrutinizing one of America’s best-selling car brands after a wide range of safety recalls has sparked questions about just how safe their vehicles are. The Toyota Company, a main player in the North American auto market for decades, is responding to charges that the company’s leadership ignored safety problems until they touched off a firestorm of customer reports and recalls, which by Toyota’s own numbers have topped one million vehicles, and includes almost all of their current product line.
In past weeks, Toyota leaders have testified in front of American government panels and tried to minimize the loss of trust from the American customer. The main issue in the two largest recalls is related to driver safety in a direct way. The first is the “floor mat recall” where Toyota says floor mats can cause accelerator pedals to stick. The second is a “gas pedal recall” where Toyota says gas pedals can stick on their own. Both of these recalls lead to sudden acceleration, putting drivers in danger. Lately, Toyota has been responding to a great deal of charges that the safety issue may be caused by new electronic throttle control systems put into Toyota vehicles. The company continues to deny that this is the case, although top staffers have indicated that these kinds of problems have not been entirely ruled out.
Toyota is offering to fix the recalled vehicles. The proposed solution, for now, seems to be a “smart pedal” design introduced in an editorial by the company president, Akio Toyoda, which would disengage the engine when both brake and accelerator pedal are pressed down. This design fix might help to solve sudden acceleration problems, but consumers and others are asking how these problems originally started, after sudden acceleration has put many people in danger and caused several dozen fatalities, according to recent news reports. The Toyota recall issue is becoming contentious, with some drivers convinced that electronic throttle systems put their lives in danger and continue to expose them to risk on the road, while Toyota claims their technicians are “unable to replicate” certain reported safety issues.
It is clear that the entire country will be looking at what comes out of the Toyota recall situation. Auto dealers, insurance companies, and, of course, drivers will all be looking at the real risks of sudden acceleration and related Toyota recalls, and how this will affect their own vehicles, as well as the brand as a whole. Drivers looking for more safety information can call the Toyota hotline at 1-800-331-4331 or visit the Toyota recall website to learn more about how the company is currently responding to these very significant safety concerns.
For those who have suffered injuries as a result of defective Toyota vehicles, retaining a Toyota recall accident lawyer like James Cunningham can be the best way to seek compensation for medical bills and other costs incurred. Mr. Cunningham has over 30 years of experience in representing accident victims in personal injury claims. Call today at 877-FL-INJURY or submit your information through the contact form on this website for a quick response.
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