Toyota settles accelerator suit linked to California crash

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 19, 2010

Toyota Motor Corp. entered a settlement with the relatives of four people, whose deaths in San Diego prompted the recall of millions of vehicles due to the risk of unintended acceleration.

Toyota didn’t reveal the terms of the settlement but it released a statement, “Through mutual respect and cooperation we were able to resolve this matter without the need for litigation.”

Toyota President Akio Toyoda addressed the US House Committee last February 23 and apologized to the family of Mark Saylor, his wife, daughter and brother-in-law, who died in a Lexus on August 28, 2009.

Toyota said that he “will do everything in [his] power to ensure that such a tragedy never happens again.” Investigators identified floor mats as a likely cause of that accident. It was revealed that Saylor was driving a 2009 ES 350 loaned to him by a local Lexus dealership.

On Sept. 30, 2009, Toyota announced that it will issue its biggest ever recall in the US, involving 3.8 million vehicles, for floor mats that could slip out of position and jam gas pedals.

Toyota has recalled a total of 8 million vehicles throughout the world to repair sticky pedals and misshapen floor mats believed to have caused unintended sudden acceleration.

The plaintiffs claimed that the problems were caused by the electronic throttle system however, Toyota has denied this. [via autonews - sub. required]

If you liked the article, share on:


Login or Create new account to add a comment!


Many have been excited with the impending arrival of the next-generation Jeep Wrangler and the new 2019 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which is slated to be the brand’s new range-topping model....
by - October 21, 2016
Chevrolet has taken the wraps off its new Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Tagged as the most extreme fuel-cell-powered...
by - October 21, 2016
Honda has unveiled the fifth generation of its hot-selling SUV – the 2017 Honda CR-V. The latest iteration of the CR-V should help it maintain its benchmark status in the...
by - October 21, 2016
Many are already expecting BMW to launch an ultra luxurious SUV that will serve at its new flagship by late 2018. Larger than the X5 and X6, the new X7...
by - October 21, 2016
Most of you may have heard or already have one of those autonomous home appliances doing the house chores. Thus, it’s not anymore unusual to see a car going places...
by - October 20, 2016