Newport News Defective Car Attorney Report – Toyota Recalls More Cars
Toyota hit the headlines two years ago when the automaker made a huge recall of cars over a sudden acceleration problem linked to a number of deaths.
The recall was on a scale I not seen for many years as Newport News product liability attorney, and involved an apparent defect linked to deaths and injuries.
Now the problems have come back to plague Toyota. It has announced the recall of more than 150,000 vehicles – 2010-model Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid SUVs.
Toyota said the new recall covers about 131,800 RX 350s, and 22,200 RX 450h hybrids.
The problem is the same one as before – floor mats that can trap gas pedals leading to sudden acceleration in line with a 2009 recall, CTV news reported.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it reviewed a number of “consumer complaints and information provided by the manufacturer” and “requested that Toyota conduct an immediate recall, according to a statement.
NHTSA said officials noticed “an increase in consumer complaints and other reports regarding pedal entrapment in these vehicles,” and Toyota “confirmed last week that it had received a significant volume of complaints on the same issue.”
The new recall adds to the massive recalls made in 2009 and 2010 for defects that could lead to sudden and unintended acceleration, although it was not on a comparable scale.
Toyota recalled about 6.9 million cars then following concerns that floor mats could jam the gas pedal.
It also recalled 2.1 million cars for a gas pedal mechanism that could stick. The defect has been linked to a number of deaths and wrongful death lawsuits.
Earlier this year I reported on how Chrysler recalled hundreds of thousands of Jeep Liberty models for another potentially dangerous defect. The company said it could cause rear suspensions to give way.
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