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Sudden Acceleration

Written by Faith Anderson on July 30, 2013
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Sudden, unintended acceleration is a serious problem that may have already caused serious accidents and fatalities. Contact a defective product attorney today if you believe you have been the victim of sudden acceleration.

When consumers purchase a car, one of the main features they take into consideration is the safety of the vehicle. Little do consumers know that some cars may not only expose them to harm during an accident, but may actually be the sole cause of the accident. An issue that has plagued certain automobile companies lately is the risk of sudden acceleration, which is believed to have resulted in numerous accidents, injuries and fatalities in recent years. Sudden, unintended acceleration is the unexpected and uncontrolled acceleration of a vehicle from a stationary position, low initial speed or at cruise control speed, often accompanied by an apparent loss of braking effectiveness. If you were involved in an accident and you believe sudden acceleration to be the cause, contact a defective product attorney immediately, as you may be entitled to critical compensation.

Vehicle Recalls Potentially Due to Sudden Acceleration

There have been a number of reported incidents of sudden acceleration affecting consumers, the most well-known of which led to a mass Toyota recall. In 2009 and 2010, several Toyota vehicles were affected by three separate but related recalls, which resulted in the suspension of production and sales of many of Toyota’s most popular models, including the Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Matrix, Toyota Avalon and more. Toyota itself initiated these recalls, the first two with the assistance of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), after reports that several vehicles experienced sudden, unintended acceleration. As of January 28, 2010, Toyota had announced recalls of approximately 5.2 million vehicles for a pedal entrapment/floor mat problem, and an additional 2.3 million vehicles for an accelerator pedal problem. Approximately 1.7 million vehicles were subject to both.

Product Liability and Sudden Acceleration

As of January 2010, 21 deaths were alleged due to a Toyota pedal problem, which was identified as a possible mechanical sticking of the accelerator pedal causing unintended acceleration. Following the January 28 recall, additional NHTSA complaints brought the alleged total to 37. On February 8, 2011, the NHTSA, in cooperation with NASA, released its findings into the investigation concerning the Toyota drive-by-wire throttle system. After a 10-month search, NASA and NHTSA scientists found no electronic defect in Toyota vehicles, resulting in pedal misapplication and driver error being cited as causes for most of the incidents. However, a recently and extensively translated Toyota document indicates that Toyota engineers allegedly found an electronic software problem in a test vehicle that caused “sudden unintended acceleration” during pre-production trials. Despite Toyota’s vehement denial, the confidential document suggests that company engineers raised concerns that the adaptive cruise control system would start the car moving on its own.

Contact a Defective Product Attorney For Help

Automobile manufacturers are expected to extensively test all of their vehicles and notify consumers of any possible dangers associated with a vehicle’s performance, crashworthiness or safety features. Unfortunately, some manufacturing companies intentionally conceal information about defective automotive parts in an attempt to avoid what would be a damaging recall. For Toyota owners, the potential risk of sudden, unintended acceleration is a serious issue that could result in severe injury or death. If you have been injured in an accident which you believe to be caused by sudden acceleration, contact a defective product attorney to discuss your legal options. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and other associated expenses, which you can pursue by filing a product liability lawsuit against the allegedly negligent manufacturing company. We all expect our cars to keep us safe, and automobile companies that manufacture and distribute unsafe cars should be held liable for their actions. With the help of a qualified defective product lawyer, you can seek the financial compensation you deserve and feel confident that your rights will be protected. 

Posted Under: Auto Products, Dangerous Products
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