In late 2009 Toyota began an exceptionally large array of recalls on their vehicles. At first the news was kept quiet as it seemed like any other typical recall, but as the number of cars effected increased, and the reports of incidences increased, so do the exposure of the situation.
Toyota had no choice but to make the errors of their company known and begin a massive multi-country recall of millions of vehicles.
Due to the scope and seriousness of the malfunctions involved, more and more victims of crash, injury, and even fatality are coming to light. If you own a Toyota it is critical for you to understand the details of this recall and what you can do to protect yourself. If you have been injured due to these malfunctions, we at the Hayes Firm can connect you immediately with the proper legal institutions working to get compensation for loss and suffering.
First Recall – Floor Mat
In late 2009 it became evident that some Toyota models were experiencing problems with innappropriately sized or installed floor mats. The mats were sliding forward and causing the accelerator to stick in the full-open position. As such, people were unable to control their speed and the results were serious accidents.
According to Toyota’s website, they first noted the issue publicly on Sept. 29 2009. Notifications direct-to-consumer began Nov. 2nd 2009, and the full list of effected models was produced on Jan. 27 2010. The complete list brought the number of effected vehicles up to approximately 4.2 million as of latest count.
The following models are involved in this recall:
- ▪ 2007 – 2010 Camry
- 2005 – 2010 Avalon
- 2004 – 2009 Prius
- 2005 – 2010 Tacoma
- 2007 – 2010 Tundra
- 2008-2010 Highlander
- 2009-2010 Corolla
- 2009-2010 Venza
- 2009-2010 Matrix
- 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe
Toyota’s recommendations for handling this problem include removing the existing floormat until you receive a replacement mat and restructured accelerator pedal. If you find yourself in uncontrolled acceleration, they recommend using both feet to compress the brake and turning your engine off to acc mode while pulling off to the side of the road.
Second Recall – Brake Malfunctions
The second recall began Jan. 21 2010 and involved the braking system on multiple Toyota models. Involving about 2.3 million units at latest count, this recall has the same potential for deadly results as the floor mat problem, but is deeper ingrained in the construction of the vehicles.
As stated by the Toyota company: “Toyota has determined that if the vehicle is operated in extremely low ambient temperatures, there is a possibility that condensed moisture from the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) port may seep into the brake system vacuum port and freeze. Should this condition continue, ice may slowly accumulate at the brake system vacuum port and in the extreme case, ultimately plug the vacuum port. As a result of the accumulation of ice, power assist to the brakes would gradually decrease and lead to lengthened vehicle stopping distances.”
The models concerned in this recall consist of the following:
- Certain 2009-2010 RAV4,
- Certain 2009-2010 Corolla,
- 2009-2010 Matrix,
- 2005-2010 Avalon,
- Certain 2007-2010 Camry,
- Certain 2010 Highlander,
- 2007-2010 Tundra,
- 2008-2010 Sequoia
As a result of the severity of this problem, Toyota has temporarily suspended sales of the vehicles in question. They are developing a solution wherein they bring the troubled models in for recall where they correct the accelerator line problem and also replace the pedal with a new model.
Third Recall – Inconsistent Braking Feel
On February 8 2010 Toyota issued a third recall for inconsistent brake feel in certain models. This revolves around the ABS, or anti-lock brake system. Some drivers have reported unusual behavior in rough and slick conditions. Approximately 133,000 units have been effected at latest count.
The relevant models include:
- 2010 Prius
- 2010 Lexus HS 250h
- 2010 Lexus RX 350
- 2010 Lexus RX 450h
This recall will predominantly involve an upgraded software package that will replace the current package on these models.
State Farm’s Concerns
Reports are surfacing that the insurance company State Farm had warned Toyota of a myriad of complaints regarding unwanted acceleration as far back as 2007 – http://ozarksfirst.com/content/fulltext/?cid=234481
If evidence of this nature continues to mount, victims of Toyota’s negligence will have an even stronger case against the car company.
What To Do If You Were a Victim
If you or someone you know was a victim throughout these recalls either through the negligence or mistakes of the Toyota company, it is important you find the right legal representation.
It won’t due to simply approach a local personal injury lawyer who has no experience in lawsuits of this magnitude. Use our free lawyer consultation service to connect you with the real movements that can hold Toyota responsible.