A California highway patrolman and his family were killed on August 28, 2009 when their Lexus experienced unexpected acceleration resulting in a fatal crash. The vehicle, a Lexus ES350, was a loaner car that the family was using while their vehicle was in for repairs.
The Lexus was driven by Mark Saylor, 45, and his passengers included his wife, Cleofe, 45; his brother-in-law Chris Lastrella, 38; and his daughter Mahala, 13. A call to 911 from someone within the vehicle stated that the car's accelerator was stuck.
Witnesses to the car accident report that the Lexus was traveling about 100 mph when it slammed into the back of a Ford Explorer. It then went over a curb, through a fence, hit an embankment and then went airborne. After rolling over several times, the vehicle eventually burst into flames.
Toyota recalled the floor mats in the 2008 version of that Lexus model because of complaints of them getting stuck under the accelerator. This tragic car accident sparked the first apology from Toyota concerning complaints of unexpected acceleration. To date, Toyota's recalls include nearly 8.5 million vehicles due to floor mat interference and unexpected acceleration issues.
Anyone who drives a Lexus should be aware of the current Toyota and Lexus recalls, as well as the unexpected acceleration issues associated with these recalled vehicles. If you have been in a car accident with a recalled Lexus and wonder if what you experienced was due to these safety problems, it is important that you get the answers you are looking for. The Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at White & Williams LLP represent accident victims in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, contact us today - 877- 944- 8396
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