Over the past few months, the Syracuse New York product liability lawyers of Bottar Leone, PLLC, have fielded many calls seeking our help to investigate whether a Toyota gas pedal defect was responsible for a car accident.
Initially, Toyota told the public that gas pedals jammed by defective floor mats were causing accidents and recommended that more than 3,800,000 Toyota owners remove their floor mats to prevent injury. Upon further investigation, Toyota announced that accidents were also being caused by sticky gas pedals and recommended that owners have their cars serviced so that the pedals could be modified. Recalls then soared to 8,000,000 vehicles. Even so, many Toyota critics believe that Toyota has not gone far enough to remedy safety problems with much of its product line. Many still suggest that the real problem is rooted in Toyota’s electronics.
It is hard to tell whether Toyota’s efforts are genuine. According to a recent press release, Toyota may have saved as much as $100,000,000.00 by negotiating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration officials in an effort to gloss over safety defects in many models and prevent massive Toyota recalls due to unintended acceleration. Apparently, Toyota considered its ability to focus NHTSA attention on floor mats, rather than on the gas pedals, to be a “win” for the Toyota “safety group.” Toyota’s “win,” as reduced to writing, was presented to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for review.
While Toyota’s future is uncertain, your future may include a lawsuit against the auto giant if you were severely injured while driving a Toyota that experienced unintended acceleration. You may also wish to pursue a lawsuit if you were severely injured while a passenger in a Toyota that experienced unintended acceleration.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of dangerous product cases. If you, your child or a loved one were injured while riding in a Toyota, you, your child and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, special education, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York product liability attorney, contact us now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.