Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner
For the first time in American history, a car manufacturer–Toyota–has told its dealers to stop selling eight of its models due to a potentially dangerous defect. The models have potentially defective gas pedals (accelerator pedals) that could get stuck, leading to unavoidable car crashes.
The Washington Post (1/27, Mufson, Haynes) reports, Toyota “told its dealers to temporarily stop selling the RAV4, Highlander and Sequoia sport-utility vehicles; Corolla, Camry and Avalon cars; Matrix hatchbacks; and Tundra pickups.” The Post notes, “The standstill is a huge setback for a company that built its business largely on a reputation for reliability and which perennially vies with General Motors and Volkswagen for the number one sales ranking among world auto companies.” And “it left many loyal Toyota customers worried about safety and confused about what to do, because Toyota isn’t sure how to fix the problem.”
The New York Times (1/27, A1, Bunkley) reports on its front page, “Toyota said the move was intended to restore confidence in the automaker, and the safety of its products. One analyst said many consumers might have a different reaction.” Toyota’s “acknowledgement of problems with acceleration pedals reawakens one of the oldest safety issues in the auto industry. Manufacturers have long dismissed that a vehicle can race forward out of the driver’s control, contending that the problem takes place when a driver mistakenly pushes the accelerator while trying to hit the brake pedal.” The Wall Street Journal (1/27, Linebaugh) also reports the story.
Here’s a list of the recalled models:
I have blogged about Toyota recalls previously. To read my previous posts, please select the following links:
If you own a model affected by the recall, please have your vehicle inspected. It could be a matter of life and death.
About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including serious truck and car collisions. He has successfully litigated numerous cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been named a “Super Lawyer” by Law and Politics magazine–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.
Mr. Zambri is regularly asked to give presentations to lawyers and businesses regarding product defects, automobile accident litigation, and safety improvements.
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Many Americans are killed or critically injured each year in vehicular collisions. If you want more information about your legal rights, please email Mr. Zambri at [email protected] or call him at 202-822-1899.