Toyota Motor Corporation has issued an auto defect recall for 2.17 million vehicles over problems with faulty gas pedals that could become jammed and lead to sudden or unintended acceleration. According to an Associated Press news report, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it had reviewed more than 400,000 pages of Toyota documents in order to determine whether the scope of Toyota’s recall for pedal entrapment issues was sufficient. As a result of this review, NHTSA asked Toyota to recall these additional vehicles. With this recall, the federal agency has closed the investigation against the Japanese auto maker with regard to sudden acceleration issues.
Millions of Toyotas Recalled
The current recall includes about 600,000 4Runner SUVs from the 2003 to 2009 model years; 761,000 RAV4 compact SUVs from the 2006-2010 model years; and 17,000 Lexus LX 570s from the 2008-2011 model years. The recall also includes 372,000 RX 330, RX 350 and RX 400H vehicles from the 2004 through early 2007 model years and 397,000 2004-2006 Toyota Highlander SUVs and hybrid versions to replace floor carpet covering and retention clips on the driver’s side that could interfere with the accelerator pedal arm.
So far, Toyota has recalled more than 14 million vehicles worldwide for sudden and unintended acceleration issues mostly caused by sticky gas pedals and faulty floor mats. The auto maker has also paid an unprecedented $48.8 million in government fines for its poor handling of the recalls. Nearly 100 people are believed to have died in car accidents relating to sudden acceleration over the last decade.
Recalls under the Microscope
Numerous memos and internal documents which surfaced over the last year or so showed that Toyota deliberately avoided issuing recalls in spite of getting complaints and despite knowing about these mechanical issues. A NHTSA finding last month stated that the unintended acceleration issues relating to Toyota vehicles were purely mechanical and did not have anything to do with the software in the vehicles.
Toyota officials are saying that they are unaware of any accidents or injuries involving the most recent recalls. It is interesting that this recall was once again prompted by the federal safety agency. Although Toyota knew that these 2 million vehicles were at risk because of the faulty gas pedals, they did not hurry to recall them. You have to wonder why. Like most auto makers, Toyota had to be instructed by the NHTSA to do the right thing and recall these dangerous and defective vehicles.
Protecting Victims’ Rights
Our law firm is representing several victims whose lives have been turned completely upside down because of these vehicle defects, which Toyota has been denying for almost 10 years. As far as Toyota and NHTSA are concerned, the case is closed. But for the victims of these accidents, the ramifications are life-changing and long-lasting.
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