More Problems At Toyota As Sales Halted On 8 Models
Toyota is taking the potential of product liability very seriously.
So seriously, in fact, that the auto manufacturer has halted the sales on eight of its vehicle models in the United States to fix the sticky accelerator pedals. This suspension comes in the wake of two major vehicle recalls, which were prompted by a fatal car accident in the San Diego area last year.
According to Toyota, production is being suspended on the 2009-2010 RAV4, the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2005-2010 Avalon, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2010 Highlander, the 2007-2010 Tundra and the 2008-2010 Sequoia.
The move is an aggressive one for the auto-maker, but in light of the potential of grave injuries, fatal accidents and serious legal issues, it may be a wise move on the part of the car company. Last year, Toyota recalled 4.2 million automobiles due to problems involving the gas pedals, which were becoming stuck under oversized floor mats. This problem was reported in San Diego, where it was the cause of an accident and had been reported by several other customers at a San Diego area dealership. Last week, Toyota recalled 2.3 million more vehicles, after issues were reported with accelerator pedals sticking, regardless of the floor mats.
Product liability suits have a history of being extremely lucrative for those who are injured; and extremely expensive for the manufacturer or seller of the product. San Diego personal injury attorneys are no strangers to filing such suits. Although no amount of money can repair the physical and emotional trauma suffered in a car accident, such large settlements serve a greater public policy purpose- to force prudence on automobile manufacturers in observing safety standards.
As for automobile manufacturers, more need to follow in Toyota's footsteps and take these drastic measures to ensure safety compliance, even if it means placing the company's vehicles under scrutiny.
The cost of not being more vigilant is not just in terms of lawsuits filed at the hands of personal injury attorneys. The cost is in human lives. And that price tag is far too expensive to ignore.