Learn more about Toyota's life-threatening accelerator recall
In 2006, Koua Fong Lee's Toyota Camry accelerated into an Oldsmobile, killing the driver and two children. Lee insisted throughout his vehicular homicide trial that he pressed the brakes repeatedly and they did not respond. Convicted and sentenced to eight years, he maintained his innocence and refused a plea deal that would have set him free though still held him accountable.
Three people are dead, and one man's life was ruined. He went to prison, his reputation was destroyed, and he was held culpable for the deaths of a man, his son, and niece. If this were a case of reckless driving, it would be justice served. Yet Lee, whose children don't know him after his three years in prison, was himself a victim set free in August of 2010. The prosecutor dropped charges in light of a recall by the negligent automaker Toyota, who produced faulty accelerator pads that overrode the driver's commands.
Weitz & Luxenberg neglience attorneys will help people like Mr. Lee and the family of the crash victims get the justice they deserve. If youhave sustained an injury due to one of these defective Toyota models; now is the time to complete the form at the bottom of this page for a free review of your possible lawsuit.
Too late to save lives
September 29, 2009, the Associated Press reported that Toyota would recall 3.8 million Toyota & Lexus vehicles in the United States in order to address problems with a removable floor mat that could interfere with the vehicle's accelerator, causing a crash. According to the AP, this was the largest U.S. recall in its history
Toyota and the government warned owners of Toyota and Lexus vehicles about safety problems tied to the removable floor mats, saying the mats could interfere with the vehicle's accelerator and cause a crash. Toyota is urging owners of these vehicles to take out the floor mats on the driver's side and not replace them:
Toyota Recall: Mats
Reportedly, this recall will affect the following Toyota models:
- 2007 - 2010 Camry
- 2005 - 2010 Avalon
- 2004 - 2009 Prius
- 2005 - 2010 Tacoma
- 2007 - 2010 Tundra
- 2008 - 2010 Highlander
- 2009 - 2010 Corolla
- 2009 - 2010 Venza
- 2009 - 2010 Matrix
Lexus Recall: Mats
- 2006 - 2010 IS 250
- 2006 - 2010 IS 350
- 2007 - 2010 ES 350
Toyota recall: Defective Pedals
If floor mats were the sole problem, it would be remedied easily enough. Yet in another Toyota recall, on January 21, 2010, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) and the NTSA announced additional recalls of approximately 2.3 million vehicles due to accelerator pedal defects.
The models affected in this recall are:
- Certain 2009-2010 RAV4
- Certain 2009-2010 Corolla
- 2009-2010 Matrix
- 2005-2010 Avalon
- Certain 2007-2010 Camry
- Certain 2010 Highlander
- 2007-2010 Tundra
- 2008-2010 Sequoia
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