Another 2.1 Toyota Vehicles Recalled Over Sudden Unintended Acceleration Problems

Toyota is issuing yet another recall related the problem of sudden unintended acceleration. This latest one affects 2.1 million autos in the US over ill-fitting floor mats that might entrap the gas pedal.
Recalled vehicles include approximately:

  • 20,000 Model Year GS 300 and GS 350 All-Wheel Drive vehicles (2006, 2007)
  • 603,000 4Runners (2003-2009 models)
  • 397,000 Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles (2004-2006 models)
  • 17,000 2011 Lexus LX 570 autos (2008-2011)
  • 372,000 RX 400h, RX330, and RX350 vehicles (2004-2006 and 2007 models)
  • 761,000 RAV4 vehicles (2006-2010)

This recalls bumps the number of motor vehicles that Toyota has recalled globally to over 14 million in less than 18 months. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is now closing its probe into the automaker’s pedal entrapment problem.
It was just earlier this month that the US Department of Transportation announced the findings of a 10-month study conducted with the help of NASA engineers into possible electronic problems that may have caused the hundreds of sudden unintended acceleration accidents that consumers have reported. NHTSA is now saying that electronic flaws do not appear to have played a role in causing Toyota and Lexus vehicles to suddenly accelerate out of control. Instead, it says this problem has been a result of mechanical and human errors.
While these findings offer helpful and important information, this does not mean that you shouldn’t explore your options over whether you have grounds for a Toyota sudden intended acceleration case. Already, numerous plaintiffs have filed auto products liability and wrongful death cases.
Toyota recalls 2.1 million vehicles in U.S. over acceleration, The Washington Post, February 24, 2011
U.S. Department of Transportation Releases Results from NHTSA-NASA Study of Unintended Acceleration in Toyota Vehicles, NHTSA, February 8, 2011
Related Web Resources:
Read the NASA Report for the NHTSA’s Toyota Unintended Acceleration Investigation (PDF)
Read the NHTSA Report (PDF)

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