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What Prompted the Toyota Recall? — Looking Under the Hood at What Went Wrong, Technically
The Toyota recall has been driven by problems with brake and accelerator pedals in certain models. Below, we review the basics of what went wrong.
Toyota Priuses — hybrid vehicles known for their fuel efficiency — have been beset by brake failure problems, according to consumers around the globe. The Toyota Motor Corp. has issued a recall for 270,000+ Priuses made between 2005 and 2010 because these vehicles may have computer-related defects that cause braking problems on slippery surfaces and bumpy roads — particularly when vehicles move at slow speeds.
Toyota executives say that the software glitch (defect) can be repaired in just half an hour.
Stuck Gas Pedals and Improperly Placed Floor Mats
Jim Lentz, the President of U.S. Operations, recently admitted that gas pedals of certain Toyota models can become “sticky” and that they can also get jammed under floor mats of certain models, causing unwanted acceleration and maneuvering problems. The Japanese automaker believes moisture-induced wear on the gear teeth is ultimately to blame for the “sticky” pedal problem. By simply adding a metal plate to increase the springiness of the pedals, the problem can be quickly and easily fixed, according to Toyota. (Similarly, the company argues, the floor mat problem can likewise be easily repaired.)
However, several questions remain, including (a) when did Toyota know of these defects, (b) why did Toyota wait so long to disclose the defects, and (c) is the real cause of the sudden and unintended acceleration a computer/electrical issue?
As countless motorists are having Toyota repair their defective Toyota and Lexus vehicles in an effort to make them safe, the sad fact remains that for many involved in serious auto accidents with certain Toyota and Lexus cars, it is far too late. The Los Angeles Toyota accelerator defect attorneys at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP are currently representing individuals who were seriously injured in accidents that may have been the result of the auto defects. If you feel your accident was caused by a Toyota defect, contact us today for a consultation of your situation at 877-800-1700.
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