The death toll from unintended or sudden acceleration of certain Toyota models is now estimated at 89, according to a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
There is evidence that Toyota knew of unintended or sudden acceleration problems by 2002, the year it installed a new electronic system in the accelerator. However, it wasn't until 2009 when Toyota actually issued recalls of certain models, citing the acceleration problem. Initially, Toyota claimed that floor mats were the probable cause of the acceleration problem. Even after fixing the floor mat acceleration problem, complaints of sudden acceleration continued. Then Toyota claimed that pedal mechanisms caused friction, resulting in stuck accelerators. But its own supplier went on record stating that the friction problem was not the issue.
Eight million Toyota's have been recalled worldwide. Toyota now faces multiple lawsuits in both federal and state courts. It has also paid a record $16.4 million fine for its slow response to the acceleration problem. Although the death toll stands at 89, that number is likely to increase as the investigation continues.
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