Earlier this month, we reported on the problem involving sudden acceleration in certain Toyota and Lexus models. In the past, the manufacturer was blaming the issue on floor mats, but after more than 2,000 instances were reported by the National Highway Traffic And Safety Administration, there was no doubt plenty of fear in many drivers’ minds. It is almost certain that the situation would also affect future sales of one the country’s strongest automotive brands.
As you can expect, Kimmel & Silverman is quite aware of the situation, having already represented quite a few consumers who had complained of sudden acceleration in their Toyota and Lexus models to their dealers.
The Associated Press is now reporting that Toyota will replace the accelerator pedals on roughly 4-million recalled vehicles. Models affected include 2007-2010 model year Toyota Camry, 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon, 2007-2009 Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle, 2005-2010 Toyota Tacoma, 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra, 2007-2010 Lexus ES350, and 2006-2010 Lexus IS250 and IS 350 models.
The recall was prompted by a high-speed crash involving the death of a California Highway Patrol Officer and his family when the loaner vehicle they were driving exceeded speeds of 120 mph, struck a sports utility vehicle, rolled off an embankment and exploded in flames. A 911 call was placed as the incident was occurring where a passenger made reference to fact that the accelerator was stuck. This recall is the largest in the manufacturer’s history.
We are very happy to hear that Toyota is taking responsibility for this issue, but at the same time, we remind consumers that if you have repeatedly complained of this problem to an authorized Toyota or Lexus dealer, you should take a look at State Lemon Laws and Federal Warranty Laws to see if you are entitled to recourse even if the car is permanently fixed. For more information, contact us or call 1-800-LEMON-LAW (1-800-536-6652).