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Toyota Uncontrolled Acceleration Lawsuits

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Millions of Toyota and Lexus vehicles have been recalled due to problems with the gas pedals, which can cause the vehicles to accelerate out of control, potentially leading to severe or fatal injuries from auto accidents.

STATUS OF TOYOTA RECALL LAWSUITS: Lawyers are reviewing potential claims for individuals Toyota accident lawsuits for individuals who have experienced injuries as a result of the sudden, uncontrolled acceleration of a vehicle. Toyota class action suits are also being pursued in several states for owners of vehicles impacted by the recall.

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TOYOTA RECALL OVERVIEW: Reports suggest that Toyota has received more than 2,000 complaints of uncontrolled acceleration among their Toyota and Lexus vehicles since 2002. However, the Toyota accelerator problems were not fully investigated until a high-profile crash in August 2009 gained national media attention.

In that accident, an off-duty California state trooper and three family members were killed while driving a Lexus ES 350 on loan from a San Diego dealership. Minutes before the fatal crash, passengers called police to report that the Toyota-manufactured vehicle was accelerating out of control at speeds as high as 120 m.p.h. Witnesses reported that the car’s tires were on fire, which was likely due to the driver slamming on the brakes before hitting another vehicle, falling off an embankment, rolling multiple times and bursting into flames.

In September 2009, Toyota announced a recall of 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles which had problems with sudden acceleration. At that time, Toyota indicated that the sudden acceleration problems were due to thick all-weather floor mats that could get jammed under the gas pedal. Toyota and Lexus vehicles affected by the recall included the following models:

  • 2004-2009 Toyota Prius
  • 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon
  • 2005-2010 Toyota Tacoma
  • 2007-2010 Toyota Camry
  • 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra
  • 2006-2010 Lexus IS 250 and IS 350
  • 2007-2010 Lexus ES 350

In January 2010, Toyota announced another recall for 2.3 million vehicles that could have a mechanical problem with the gas pedal that may cause them to accelerate out of control. That recall included the following vehicles:

  • 2009-2010 Toyota Rav4
  • 2009-2010 Toyota Corolla
  • 2009-2010 Toyota Matrix
  • 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon
  • 2007-2010 Toyota Camry
  • 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra
  • 2008-2010 Toyota Sequoia
  • 2010 Toyota Highlander

In February 2010, Toyota announced a comprehensive plan to fix accelerator pedals on recalled vehicles to address some of the speed control issues. The repair involves the addition of a shim to a part of the pedal assembly. According to Toyota officials, the shim will prevent a resistance spring from locking up due to friction, which could be the cause of some of the Toyota gas pedal problems.

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15 comments

  1. Robert Reply

    A representative of Toyota claimed that any accident due to sudden acceleration would be recorded on my 2004 Tundra’s computer. When he claimed that Toyota could not assist me because the computer did not indicate any sudden acceleration occuring, I believed him. Now from ABC.com, I know I was lied to by Toyota because the test conducted proved that sudden acceleration was not recorded on the test vehicle’s computer. Toyota either isn’t being truthful or is clueless about what is going on. This doesn’t help those who have to pay for the damages done by these runaway vehicles.

  2. anthony Reply

    Toyota is in deep. Most of the uncontrolled acceleration people are experiancing can’t be explained by a sticky pedal. The real problem is with the drive by wire system as shown on abc. When this malfunctions the car can take off without you ever pressing the accelerator and keep in mind the trans is fully electronic as well and may not shift into neutral.

    It’s gonna be ugly.

  3. bobby Reply

    I BOUGHT A CAMRY LAST SUMMER AND DROVE IT 1200 MILES.MOST OF THAT WAS TRYING TO FIND A PLACE TO TRADE.TWO TIMES IT SPED UP ON ME THE FIRST TIME ALMOST DID DAMAGE.I LOOKED DOWN AND MY THUMB WAS PRESSING DOWN ON THE CRUSIE CONTROL SWITCH.IT IS LOCATED ON THE SPOKE NEAR THE RIM OF THE STEERING WHEEL,WHERE IT CAN ACCIDENTLY BE SET.NATURALLY WHEN IT STARTS TO SPEED UP YOU WILL GRIP THE STEERING WHEEL.KEEPING IT SET.TRIED TO REPORT TO TOYOTA.BUT WAS TOLD THERE EXPERTS CHECKING OUT THE PROBLEM AND IT WAS NO CONCCERN OF MINE AND BEFORE I COULD TELL I DIDN’T WANT TO GET RUN OVER BY ONE.SHE HUNG UP ON ME

  4. dewey Reply

    i bought a new 2006 tacoma. have driven the truck for 4 years and have had no problems at all, best truck i have owned. saw the recall for floor mats, but there is no way they can jam because they have clips to hold them in place. i took the truck to the dealer and they worked on it for 4 1/2 hours. said they did a multipoint safety check,put my mat behind the seat, told me that the replacement mat was not available yet.when i left i noticed right away that it ran better, had better pickup, and in general seemed to have more power. is it possible that the whole thing is in the computer? they did something with it.

  5. Diana Reply

    I have a 09′ Lexus ES350, purchased new. Took it to the dealer twice in Jan. alone w/complaints. Then with the last recall notice, I called them & told them to come & pick the car up for the brake repair. I wasn’t going to drive it aymore & now I can’t sell it to save my life! I also contacted Toyota to buy it back they told me to send all of my info & then I recieved the dreaded ‘Dear Jane’ letter that they wouldn’t buy it back. I further called & complained, but they could not move!

    Karma is a bitch & they are going to get it back in spades!

  6. Maurice Reply

    Toyota/Lexus is doing to US citizens what they do to us in exports, telling us they will do to us what we would like, and there isn’t anything you can do about it. I had a 2002 Lexus, that had a acceleration issue in January 2010, they told me, well let us inspect the vehicle, and did nothing. I have a friend who works for a lexus dealer who told me that if you have a legitimate complaint against Toyota/Lexus, they will investigate your past, and destroy your image, and still not pay you.

  7. donna Reply

    It is amazing that representatives of Toyota can get information from the “Black Box” when the airbags did not deploy…after filing a claim for the accelerator taking off by itself, causing extensive damage to a building and the car (2007 Camry) toyota representative (inspector) gets a reading supposedly from the “Black Box” that shows no brake was depressed, only the gas pedal, when in fact just the opposite was the case. There seems to be a real problem in that the “Black Box” only retains the last 10 seconds of use as a permanent record AFTER the airbag deploys, in our case the airbag DID NOT deploy.

  8. Bill Reply

    Does anyone think it is odd that all the recalls Toyota has issued including adding the Brake overide system for safety. The Toyota Camry Solara is not included in any recall or for added safety measures. Is it manufactured by Nissan? Very Odd!

  9. Patricia Reply

    After driving my used Matrix 2005 for about a year I was told it would cost $1,000 to fix the fuel pump! It was undriveable. So I traded it in for a 2009 Corolla. Then it almost got me into an accident twice from it accelerating! Supposedly they fixed it. But now it is slipping like it is losing the transmission! I only have 22,000 miles on it! And I owe $3,000 more than Blue Book! What a bunch of junk!

  10. deb Reply

    well here i am in large company with those that Toyota has shafted. Now out of my car for 10 weeks due to transmission burn out and $3000 plus later – still no car to drive. I was told today by the dealership that the ecm (which caused the transmission damage) is not in a 2003 with the “favored” VIN#. in other words — screwed. They don’t want to pay the $1100 plus it will cost to replace the ecm.

    When i leave the dealership i feel like i should bathe to get the crap off me they covered my with while smilingly telling me — pay up — not under the enhanced warranty.

    Anyone out there have a success story in getting them to pay?

    And… how will i offload this piece of junk???!!!

  11. Robert Reply

    I did not even get out of my garage. I backed up, put on brake, put in drive, throttle went full open, drove head on into wall with brake on. Totaled Lexus RX330 2005 with only 80000 miles

  12. Halina Reply

    I have a Toyota Haighlander 2008 . This car has only 28000 miles. I would like to mantion that I have a breake problem. When I am pushing the breake it is going faster first , then it is stoping slowly. I am always very carefull puting on brake. I must always remember that this car is going faster puting on brake. Ofcourse Toyota after investigation is saying that it is nothing wrong with my car . This Toyota 2008 is not even on the list of RECALL CARS.

  13. candidabenzo Reply

    i buy 2009 toyota camry and a problem recall

  14. Jon and Mary Reply

    Ditto, to the above comments about Toyota! We have had. The same problems with our 2009 Toyota Highlander. We have also had the same respone from Toyota on more then one occasion. Our. Highlander was manufacture in Japan. I am not sure if these recalls are focused on where they manufactured them, but regardless, this is the last time we purchase foriegn. Our Highlander over accelerated one of the first times, while my wife want driving on I-45 with our kids in the back seat. The accellerator stuck after she was trying to speed up to merge, and the Highlander had a delayed acceleration reaction. Thank God she was able to do some defensive driving and avoid a collision, but she and the kids where terrified. Soon after that she was not so lucky, and the Highlander over accellorated again while she was in reverse and the car was damaged and she strand her neck which she already has a fusion in. Toyota treated us with no regard, no concern. How are they getting away with this complete disregard for the lives and safety on so many consumers, and why is it not all over the news media?

  15. Monica Reply

    I feel that my; Insurance company Nationalwide is at fault for not putting a hold on this vehicle that caused an accident on May 27th. They have several emails and conversations from me informing them that I was seeking an Attorney and someone would be looking at the vehicle. They seem to all work together Paul Thompson Law firm out of Roanoke deliberately waited until August after knowing where the vehicle was located since June before viewing the vehicle. It seems that this should be grounds for a lawsuit against against this attorney because everyone is informing me that without the vehicle I have no case. Can you please help me know which action to take in this matter or if there is an Attorney, I nearly died and the next person may not be so lucky.

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