My 21, 2012
After car and pickup truck manufacturer Toyota recalled millions of vehicles due to sticking accelerators, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently announced that they will push to have brake-throttle override systems installed on all new vehicles. According to CBS News, the push comes after several studies confirmed theories that the devices could help prevent motor vehicle crashes.
The problems for Toyota began in late 2009 when the company issued warnings that shifting mats in the floorboards of their vehicles had been responsible for causing accelerators of the cars and trucks to stick, therefore, causing accidents to occur. Then, in the beginning of 2010, experts began to examine the crashes and realized it may not have been the floor mats and may have been a mechanical failure. In all, the company recalled approximately 5.2 million vehicles to have the problem corrected.
The government has since pushed for a solution to the problem and the NHTSA has seemed to embrace the brake throttle override systems, which works by not allowing the vehicle to travel faster than it’s present speed if both the brake and the accelerator are pressed at the same time.
Toyota Recall Lawsuits have been filed in connection with vehicles that have been affected by this problem. The Arkansas Car Accident Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton suggest discussing your case with an experienced attorney if you have been injured because of a defective Toyota product.