If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a car accident involving a recalled Toyota, particularly if that crash was caused by the widely publicized Toyota unexpected acceleration issue, you may be wondering if you are eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit due to product liability and manufacturer defect. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you explore your options and if necessary, help you file a lawsuit for any damages you sustained.
The recent Toyota recall has brought to light new information that may prove Toyota knew about issues of unexpected acceleration for years before informing the public, which could result in additional liability. Reports indicate that as far back as 2002, there was concern of Toyota vehicle defects causing unexpected and unintended acceleration.
Complaints of Unexpected Acceleration
According to reports by AutoSafety.org, by the year 2000 they had received more than 22,600 complaints of unexpected acceleration in Toyota vehicles. More than 5 years ago, Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identified Toyota's unexpected acceleration issues on its throttle control system. Despite that finding, during the recent Toyota recall, the auto manufacturer has continued to focus on floor mats as being the cause of the problem rather than the throttle control system.
While complaints about controlling speed have been filed for all car manufacturing companies, Toyota has received more complaints involving crashes than any other carmaker. One case in particular concerns a 77-year-old woman who died when her Toyota Camry crashed into a building as a result of unexpected acceleration problems.
It wasn't until October 2009 that Toyota finally began to acknowledge unexpected acceleration problems in several models of their cars. In the same month, Toyota's president publicly apologized for a family who was killed when their Toyota suddenly accelerated off an embankment in San Diego,leading to their tragic deaths.
If you have sustained severe injuries as a result of unexpected acceleration in a recalled Toyota in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, the next step is to consult with a Philadelphia personal injury attorney who can look at the specifics of your case and inform you of your legal rights and options for restitution.
Suing a car manufacturer requires the expertise of a qualified personal injury lawyer. The personal injury attorneys at White & Williams LLP represent accident victims in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Contact us today - 877- 944-8396.