Toyota Motor Corp. will issue a massive vehicle defect recall involving 3.8 million cars in the United States to address problems with a floor mat that could cause the accelerator to get stuck and cause a car accident. According to an Associated Press news report, the recall will involve the 2007-2010 model year Toyota Camry; 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon; 2004-2009 Toyota Prius; 2005-2010 Tacoma; 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra; 2007-2010 Lexus ES350; and 2006-2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350.

Massive Vehicle Defect Recall

Toyota officials are apparently working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to find a remedy for the problem. Until then, owners are asked to take out the floor mat on the driver’s side and not replace it. The recall was spurred by a fatal San Diego car accident last month, which killed California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor, his wife, daughter and brother-in-law. In that case, the defective floor mat caused the accelerator to get stuck. Their loaner Lexus hit speeds of 120 mph before ending in a fiery crash.

This is Toyota’s largest auto product defect recall. The auto maker’s most recent large recall involved 900,000 vehicles in 2005 to fix a steering defect. The company has not yet said how many complaints it has received about the stuck accelerator problem. Last month, the company ordered 1,400 Toyota and Lexus dealers around the country to ensure that each of their loaner vehicles had appropriate floor mats and that the mats were properly secured. In September 2007, Toyota recalled an accessory all-weather mat sold for use in some 2007 and 2008 model year Lexus ES 350 and in Camry vehicles due to stuck accelerator issues.

Auto Product Liability Issues

I’m pleased that Toyota Motor Corp. finally issued this defective auto product recall. However, it’s troubling that they do not have a way to fix the problem yet. This defective product recall, however, comes too late for the Saylor family, which was wiped out in that horrific car accident caused by these defective floor mats. If you don’t believe that vehicle defects are a serious issue, this car accident should be sufficient to change your mind. It turned out to be catastrophic for the Saylor family.

I’d be curious to find out how long Toyota knew about this problem and whether they were dragging their feet on a recall. Toyota should make documents public about when it started getting complaints about these defects, how many complaints it received and what it did to resolve them. How many car accidents, injuries and fatalities were the results of these defective floor mats? Obviously, that remains to be seen.

If you have been seriously injured as a result of these defective auto products, please consult with a truly reputed California car accident attorney, who is well-versed and has an excellent track record dealing with auto product liability cases. Injured victims or those who have lost loved ones may be able to seek compensation from the auto maker for medical expenses, lost earnings, funeral costs and other related damages. The best auto product defect lawyers will offer a free and comprehensive consultation to injured victims and their families.

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