Call Us: 1.800.873.5297


Toyota Recall Information

Toyota recently began a series of recalls to fix a potentially life threatening consequence resulting from sudden acceleration in some of its cars. By February 2010, these recalls have expanded to cover nearly 8 million vehicles worldwide. Though repairs are ongoing, Toyota is under fire for being slow to respond to a known complaint. In addition, there is concern that even the most recent version of the proposed fix does not address the true cause of the problem.

The Problem with Toyota Cars

Since at least 2000, there have been a number of complaints of accidents involving Toyota cars that spontaneously accelerated out of control.

The Recalls

In response to rising reports of sudden acceleration,Toyota began issuing recalls. The first recall was related to all-weather floor mats trapping the accelerator pedal of the cars. This recall covers about 3.8 million vehicles, including:

  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2007-2010 ES350 (Lexus)
  • 2006-2010 IS 250 and IS350 (Lexus)
  • 2005-2010 Tacoma
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2004-2009 Prius

The recall solution was simple (and, Toyota boasted, cheap)—remove the floor mats on the driver’s side. However, the recall did not seem to completely fix the problem as Toyota soon announced a rolling recall for all the vehicles in the previous recall. This new recall involved reconfiguring the accelerator pedal and the floor under the pedal to reduce the likelihood of floor mat entrapment.

Finally, in January 2010, Toyota announced a recall of over two million vehicles, some of which had been affected by earlier recalls. This recall was related to accelerator pedals that became stuck under certain conditions after wear. The vehicles affected by this recall are:

  • 2005-2010 Avalon
  • 2007-2010 Camry
  • 2009-2010 Corolla
  • 2009-2010 Corolla Matrix
  • 2010 Highlander
  • 2009-2010 RAV4
  • 2008-2010 Sequoia
  • 2007-2010 Tundra
  • 2009 Vibe (Pontiac)

Repairs related to this recall are ongoing and vehicle owners are being notified.

The 2010 Prius is also being recalled for an unrelated brake issue.

Ongoing Investigation

Despite the extensive number of vehicles that have been recalled, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) continues to investigate several possible alternate causes for the unexplained acceleration. Possible alternate explanations include:

  • Electromagnetic interference affecting electronic throttles
  • Short circuit allowing false signals to be sent to the throttle
  • Software problems that cause acceleration glitches

The investigators are paying special attention to a small number of complaints of spontaneous acceleration in vehicles that have already been fixed by Toyota. Some of these explanations may implicate cars not currently covered by the recalls.

When Did Toyota Know of the defect?

Toyota may have known about the existence of a serious defect in its cars since at least 2007. In 2007, State Farm Insurance notified the NHTSA about spontaneous acceleration claims associated with Toyota vehicles that State Farm received from their clients. In the same year, Toyota issued a recall of Toyota Camrys and Lexus ES 350s for accelerator pedal floor mat entrapment, which should have been the automaker’s sign that its cars had a serious, life-threatening defect.

Contact Us for Help

If you have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in an accident due to unexplained acceleration in a Toyota vehicle, you may be eligible for compensation through a product liability lawsuit. The lawyers at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton represent clients nationwide in defective product lawsuits. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

000-017   000-080   000-089   000-104   000-105   000-106   070-461   100-101   100-105  , 100-105  , 101   101-400   102-400   1V0-601   1Y0-201   1Z0-051   1Z0-060   1Z0-061   1Z0-144   1z0-434   1Z0-803   1Z0-804   1z0-808   200-101   200-120   200-125  , 200-125  , 200-310   200-355   210-060   210-065   210-260   220-801   220-802   220-901   220-902   2V0-620   2V0-621   2V0-621D   300-070   300-075   300-101   300-115   300-135   3002   300-206   300-208   300-209   300-320   350-001   350-018   350-029   350-030   350-050   350-060   350-080   352-001   400-051   400-101   400-201   500-260   640-692   640-911   640-916   642-732   642-999   700-501   70-177   70-178   70-243   70-246   70-270   70-346   70-347   70-410   70-411   70-412   70-413   70-417   70-461   70-462   70-463   70-480   70-483   70-486   70-487   70-488   70-532   70-533   70-534   70-980   74-678   810-403   9A0-385   9L0-012   9L0-066   ADM-201   AWS-SYSOPS   C_TFIN52_66   c2010-652   c2010-657   CAP   CAS-002   CCA-500   CISM   CISSP   CRISC   EX200   EX300   HP0-S42   ICBB   ICGB   ITILFND   JK0-022   JN0-102   JN0-360   LX0-103   LX0-104   M70-101   MB2-704   MB2-707   MB5-705   MB6-703   N10-006   NS0-157   NSE4   OG0-091   OG0-093   PEGACPBA71V1   PMP   PR000041   SSCP   SY0-401   VCP550  

Legal Disclaimer & Privacy Policy
This web site is designed for general information only. The information presented should not be construed as legal advice and does not form the basis for an attorney/client relationship.

The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertisements.
This web site is not intended to be advertising, and Schlichter Bogard & Denton LLP does not desire to represent anyone desiring representation based upon viewing this web site in a jurisdiction where this web site fails to comply with all laws and ethical rules of that jurisdiction. Materials on this web site may only be reproduced in their entirety (without modification) for the individual reader's personal and/or educational use and must include this notice.

We will not disclose, sell, or rent any of your identifiable personal information to any third party, unless approved by you, or required by law.