The Chicago injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti want to make our readers aware of a huge recall that popular car dealer Toyota issued to address pedal and floor mat defects. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed its investigation of Toyota after the company issued the product recall of over two million vehicles in the United States last week to address accelerator pedals that may get jammed in carpeting or entrapped in floor mats. Stressing that the recent product recall is not related to any newly-discovered defects, Toyota stated that “While our actions up to now have led to a substantial reduction in reports of acceleration concerns, we […] agreed that Toyota would take these additional steps to help ensure that acceleration concerns are further reduced.”
The Chicago Tribune reported that the pertinent Toyota models that are in need of gas pedal repair are the 2008-2011 model year Lexus LX 570, 2010 Toyota RAV4, and the 2003-2009 Toyota 4Runner. Additionally, the following models are subject to the product recall to replace the floormat and retention clips: 2006-2007 Lexus RX 330, RX 350, and RX 400h, and 2004-2006 year models of the Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid. In order to protect drivers against the potentially unsafe vehicles, Toyota has laid out an extensive number of repairs that it will be required to make. There has been skeptical reactions to the product recall among plaintiffs’ attorneys. One plaintiff attorney who is addressing wrongful death lawsuits against Toyota stated his belief that there is more to the recent recall than just floor mats entrapping the gas pedal.
More information about the Toyota product recall is available at Chicago Tribune.