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Toyota Safety Recall Being Investigated


U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced in a press release on Tuesday a major investigation into the issue of unintended vehicle acceleration in Toyotas.

“We are determined to get to the bottom of unintended acceleration,” said Secretary LaHood. “For the safety of the American driving public, we must do everything possible to understand what is happening. And that is why we are tapping the best minds around.”

While Toyota executives have been assuring consumers that the safety recalls are working, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received several new safety complaints detailing a continuation of the potentially fatal sudden acceleration problems.

The post-recall complaints were first reported by Safety Research & Strategies (SRS), a private research firm based in Rehoboth, Mass. The following are two complaints filed in March that are taken from the public files at NHTSA’s  Office of Defects Investigation (ODI).

Post-Recall Incidents

Summary:

I HAVE A TOYOTA AVALON (2005) THAT HAS BEEN IN TO TOYOTA FOR ALL THE RECALLS (FLOORMAT, ACCELERRATOR). ON MARCH 14, 2010 I WAS LEAVING A PARKING LOT WHEN THE CAR ACCELERATED AND I COULD NOT STOP IT EVEN BY PUTTING 2 FEET ON THE BRAKE.

I STEERED THE CAR OVER TOWARDS THE CURB, JUMPED IT AND PUSHED THE IGNITION BUTTON WHILE BOTH FEET WERE ON THE BRAKE. THE CAR THEN STOPPED.

I WAITED ABOUT 10 MINUTES THEN DROVE SLOWLY AND APPREHENSIVELY HOME. I CALLED THE DEALER FIRST THING MONDAY MORNING AND WAS UNABLE TO GET THE CAR INTO THE SHOP UNTIL TUESDAY MORNING.

THE CAR REMAINS AT THE DEALER’S AS THEY ARE STILL TRYING TO RECREATE WHAT HAPPENED. I WAS TOLD THEY WERE TALKING TO KANSAS CITY AND CALIFORNIA.

MY FEAR IS THAT NOTHING WILL BE FOUND,THEY CANNOT ASSURE ME THIS WON’T HAPPEN AGAIN. I AM VERY APPREHENSIVE AS I AWAIT THE OUTCOME. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE?
Summary:
MY 2009 TOYOTA CAMRY. UNTIL TODAY, I THOUGHT THIS MIGHT BE A BIG HOAX, BUT IT HAPPENED TODAY AT 2:55 PM ON MY WAY TO WORK. MY CAR ACCELERATED WITHOUT WARNING.

I FORTUNATELY WAS ONLY TRAVELING ON A SIDE ROAD FOR A BRIEF MOMENT AND WAS ABLE TO HIT THE BRAKES AND SHIFT INTO NEUTRAL AND THEN STOP THE CAR. ABOUT 2 WEEKS AGO I HAD THE “RECALL” CORRECTION COMPLETED. NEVER HAD AN ISSUE PRIOR TO THIS “CORRECTION”

Toyota Safety Recall-Where To File Complaints
These are but a small sample of the dangerous and potentially deadly situations being faced by consumers every day until this problem is REALLY fixed. When the safety problems first came to the public’s attention in 2009, Toyota said the incidents were caused by the floormats interfering with the gas pedals and initiated a safety recall.

Since September, 2009, there have been 5 recalls, each promising to be the definitive fix.  If you have a problem with your Toyota and you want to file a complaint, click here: Toyota safety recall.

If you have been in an injury accident and you feel it may be related to the Toyota safety recall, then you should talk to our personal injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen. The 800 number is just below this article, call us, we can help you.

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