Mark Bernstein of the Sam Bernstein Law Firm Reacts to Toyota Announcement of Recall Repairs to Prevent Sudden Acceleration Problems

With two major vehicle recall events in response to serious car accidents involving unexpected, sudden acceleration, Toyota promises customers fixes.

Online PR News – 13-February-2010 – – Farmington Hills, Michigan — Toyota announced they will start fixing car and truck accelerator pedal safety issues this week to address concerns over unintended acceleration events that have resulted in two fatal auto accidents. After the voluntary recall of 2.3 million vehicles, Toyota believes they have a solution for sticking pedal problems.

“We have developed a comprehensive plan to fix the sticking pedal situation in recalled Toyota vehicles,” said Jim Lentz, President of Toyota Motor Sales, USA. “We know what’s causing the sticking accelerator pedals…We also know it is most important to fix this problem in the cars on the road.”

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood went so far as to advise in Congressional testimony today that owners 'stop driving' recalled Toyotas. LaHood later changed his recommendation by calling his advice a 'misstatement' and suggesting that 'If you own one of these cars, take it to the dealer. If you are in doubt, take it to the dealer and have them fix it.'

However, the National Highway Safety Administration is instructing owners to pay attention to how their accelerator pedals are working. If the accelerator becomes harder to depress or slower to return than normal, it may be a precursor to a safety issue. Then, NTSA says, “These vehicles should be parked and a dealer immediately notified. Should a pedal become stuck in a partially depressed condition while driving, owners should put their car in neutral, bring it to a stop and call their dealer.” Additionally, owners should remove all floor mats in vehicles associated with the entrapment recall.

Toyota has indicated that they will ship parts to dealers and begin dealer training immediately to fix sticking pedals. Toyota promises customers that dealers will be open extended hours to handle the repairs. Owners of recalled vehicles can expect notifications explaining how to contact dealers for servicing. Toyota and Pontiac vehicles included in the recalls are 2009-2010 RAV4, 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2005-2010 Avalon, 2007-2010 Camry, 2010 Highlander, 2007-2010 Tundra, 2008-2010 Sequoia, 2009-2010 Vibe. Camry, RAV 4, Corolla and Highlander vehicles with VINs that begin with 'J' are not affected.

Owners who have suffered a car accident injury related to an unintended acceleration event should stop driving their vehicle immediately, get their vehicle towed directly to a Toyota dealership, and contact an auto accident attorney in their state to learn what remedies are available.

“Anyone who has experienced an auto accident due to a manufacturer’s safety defect should contact a qualified lawyer who is experienced handling auto accident cases,” recommends personal injury attorney Mark Bernstein. “If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident and have questions about your legal rights, contact an experienced auto accident lawyer who can advise you of your rights and the legal process for seeking compensation.”

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