Since late 2009 Toyota has issued several recalls because of problems with unintended acceleration. The way these recalls were handled has left many Toyota owners confused.
Toyota first acknowledged unintended acceleration problems in September 2009, when it warned its customers to remove the floor mats from their vehicles because of the potential for them to trap the accelerator, causing sudden acceleration. This was followed by a recall of 3.8 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the US because floor mats could trap the gas pedal. This recall, the largest in the automakers history, involved a 2007- 2010 Camry, 2005-2010 Avalon, 2004-2009 Prius, 2005-2010 Tacomna, 2007-2010 Tundra, 2007-2010 Lexus ES 350 and 2006-2010 IS 250/IS 350.
The total number of vehicles involved in the recall in Ireland is approximately 26,000. It includes the Yaris, Arus, Corolla, Verso, Vensus and Rav 4.
The recall was in direct response to the possibility that the accelerator pedal mechanisms may become worn. This progressive wear when combined with certain operating or environmental conditions, can cause friction in the mechanism to increase an intermittently result in the accelerator pedal being harder to depress, slow to return or stick on a partially open position.
Legal Help for Victims Affected by Toyota Recalls
If you or a loved one were injured in a Toyota unintended acceleration accident or if you have been unable to use your Toyota vehicle because of these recalls you have strong legal rights. Please contact Liam Moloney, Solicitor, today who will advise you as to your legal rights. Liam can be contacted at 045 898000 or simply log onto our website www.moloneysolicitors.ie for further information.