Deaths and Injuries
In October 2009 Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda issued a public apology for the deaths of four California family members. According to information received during a 911 call, California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor was unable to stop the Lexus ES 350 sedan he was driving after it suddenly began to accelerate to more than 100 mph. The vehicle crashed and then burst into flames, killing the officer, his wife, daughter and brother-in-law.
Unfortunately, this is not the only fatal wreck caused by sudden unintended acceleration. According to Safety Research & Strategies, Inc., there have been 16 deaths and 243 injuries caused by sudden unexplained acceleration of Toyota vehicles.
According to the Associated Press, Toyota Motor Corporation announced on Tuesday, January 26, 2009, that it was no longer selling some of its models. The week before that, Toyota recalled eight of its models, about 2.3 million cars. In addition, Toyota as of February 1, 2010, is suspending production of new cars at six of its North American car assembly plants.
If you or family members have been injured as the result of sudden unexplained acceleration of a Toyota car you or they may be entitled to compensation. Contact an attorney immediately. It is also very important that you preserve the vehicle. It can be very difficult to sue an automobile manufacturer if the vehicle has been destroyed or crushed.
The Fitzgerald Law Firm has handled numerous defective products cases and we have set our fees so that anyone can talk with us free of charge about a potential case against Toyota Motor Corporation.