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Toyota Recalls More Vehicles over Floor Mat Entrapment Issues-Texas Personal Injury Lawyers

Posted by Jennifer Hodges Kahn | Feb 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Houston product liability lawyers have been very frustrated with Toyota's kneejerk responses to proven episodes of unintended acceleration in several of its vehicles. The company last week announced that it was extending its earlier recall of 4.3 million vehicles by adding another million vehicles to the list.

In October last year, the company had recalled 4.3 million vehicles for what it called “floor mat incompatibility” issues. The company blamed floor mats for a devastating accident in California last August that killed four people. The Toyota Lexus in that crash accelerated to about 120mph, went out of control and crashed. Toyota was quick to blame all-weather floor mats that it said could jam the accelerator pedal, causing the car to rev up to high speeds.  A recall followed.

Now, the company has extended that recall by another million vehicles.  The vehicles included in the recall are

  • 2008-2010 Highlander
  • 2009-2010 Corolla
  • 2009-2010 Venza
  • 2009-2010 Matrix
  • 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe

The recall was followed by another shocker this week. The company has announced that it will stop manufacture and sales of 8 of its models. Toyota apparently was asked by the Department of Transportation to take this drastic step. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood confirmed in a radio interview that his department had pressured Toyota to recall the vehicles and temporarily stop production and sales of 8 models, including

  • 2009-2010 RAV4 Crossover
  • 2009-2010 Corolla
  • 2009-2010 Matrix
  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2010 Highlander
  • 2007-2010 Tundra 
  • 2008-2010 Sequoia

Millions of Toyota owners in Texas are likely to be stressed and anxious now that their cars' safety has been called into question. For these people, getting answers to their questions has become a matter of urgency, especially in light of developments over the past week. Judging by the handwringing by which Toyota has handled the entire acceleration-related crisis, it doesn't seem like Houston product liability attorneys or Toyota owners will be receiving answers anytime soon.
Toyota dealers in Houston say they have been besieged with anxious telephone calls from customers. So far, dealers are asking customers not to panic while Toyota works to develop repairs for the problem. Considering that the acceleration episodes began to emerge in 2002, we would think Toyota has had ample time to identify the problem and develop solutions.

If you have been involved in an accident in one of the vehicles listed on Toyota's recall list, contact the Texas product liability lawyers at The Kahn Law Firm today for a free consultation at 713-226-9900 or toll free 1-844-301-KAHN.

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