On January 21, 21010 Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. recalled and suspended sales on several different models of its cars due to a defect in the accelerator pedal. The recall affects 3.1 million vehicles. As a result of the defect, the accelerator pedal sticks causing sudden acceleration. These “run-away” vehicles have caused serious car accidents, injuries, and deaths.
ABC News reports that despite Toyota’s decision to recall the vehicles and fix the sudden accelerator problems, this is not enough. Toyota plans to change the design of its accelerator pedals as well as the shape of the floor under the pedal, claiming that this will address the root cause for the potential risk for floor mat entrapment.
However, evidence exists that the electronic throttle control system is to blame. Toyota continues to deny this as the reason for the accelerator problem and continues its focus on the floor mats.
As New Mexico personal injury attorneys concerned for your safety, we urge anyone driving a Toyota to determine whether your vehicle is affected by the recall. For more information, or if you or a loved one has been injured in a collision involving a recalled Toyota, please contact the Branch Law Firm.