Shame on you, Toyota.
It was not until August of 2009, when an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer and three members of his family were killed did Toyota finally have to take notice – and only then due to the release of this horrifying video on the Internet:
So what did Toyota do? Did it immediately recall ALL of the defective cars it had sold and repair them? No, it blamed the floor mats! But when 4 people in Southlake were killed in a terrifying sudden acceleration collision the day after Christmas and the mats were found in the trunk, clearly the gas pedal or the engine were the problems. Click here to read the latest on this case
Finally, on January 26, 2010 Toyota halted U.S. production and sales of several models. And eight million Toyota vehicles have been recalled worldwide, seven million in the U.S. But it limited the :repair” to the models listed below.
HoweverToyota did not fix the problem and the life threatening injuries and deaths continued unabated.
Then Toyota tried to blame the maker of the accelerator and brake pedals. And the driver who crashed when their cars unexpectedly sped up to speeds exceeding 100 miles and hour and crashed into other vehicles and buildings. Toyota blamed everybody but itself.
But today, in an unprecedented and shocking admission by any company — let alone one with a preiously sterling reputation — admitted that it had valued profits over safety and finally took full responsibility for these needless deaths and injuries.
The CEO of Toyota, Akio Toyoda, told the U. S. House of Representaties that his company was aware that pedals had been sticking for over a year and had even fixed them in Europe. This is even though it had previously claimed it only knew of problems in the U.S. beginning in October 2009. The real truth is that these vehicles have been defective since the 1990s, and Toyota has engaged in a massive cover up to hide the truth from the world.
It is believed that some Toyotas suddenly accelerate when they are subjected to ielectrical magnetic nterference from radios and other devices
This was the second day in a row that company executives testified before Congress. Yesterday, one admitted that its repairs might “not totally” solve the problem.
The president of Safety Research who criticized Toyota for not doing enough to examine its electronics–which he suspects are causing surges in acceleration–or to undertake safety recalls.
And a shocking company memo revealed that Toyota had saved $100 million when the U.S. government allowed it to only replace its floor mats, rather than actually repair the defective vehicles. One congressman said that “it’s one of the most embarrassing documents I’ve ever seen.”
Toyota is one of the most profitable corporations in the world, grossing over $270 billion a year.
Today, in stunning testimony, the Toyota president admitted he had put growth ahead of quality and apologized to the American public “for any accidents that Toyota drivers have experienced.”
Lawsuits have already been filed, here in Texas and across the United States. We believe that Toyota is guilty of design, manufacture, and marketing defects, negligence, breach of express and implied warranties, and misrepresentation of quality, reliability and safety. Furthermore, since Toyota knew of the safety problems but lied to government regulators, it has violated federal racketeering laws.
U.S. Transportation Department chairman Ray LaHood said that the recalled Toyotas are ‘not safe'” and that Toyota “had grown ‘safety deaf’ over the years. No kidding!
According to a column in the Wall Street Journal, private lawsuits are the best way to guarantee our safety: “For all the demonizing of trial lawyers, the reality is that product-liability litigation has become an ever more important means of keeping consumers safe.
We intend to file suit and vigorously represent those who have been unfortunately injured in an accident relating to the suddent acceleration of a Toyota or Lexus, please contact us immediately for assistance.
Due to sticky gas pedals (affecting 2.3 million U.S. vehicles):
Due to gas-pedal entrapment under floor mats (affecting 5.3 million U.S. vehicles):
2007-2010 Lexus ES350
2006-2010 Lexus IS250/IS350
2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe (built by a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors Co.)
The following models, encompassing 1.7 million vehicles, are affected by both recalls:
Hybrid models recalled for brakes that seem to fail momentarily (affecting 147,500 U.S. vehicles):
2010 Lexus HS250h
Model recalled to check a power-steering hose that may be in contact with a brake tube, potentially creating a hole in the tube, leading to loss of brake fluid and longer stopping distances (affecting 7,300 U.S. vehicles):
Source: Toyota Motor Corp.