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Toyota recalls thousands more Lexus vehicles for sudden acceleration problems

Toyota is recalling two more Lexus models for possible floor mat entrapment problems, re-igniting fears that its vehicles may speed out of control unexpectedly and reviving faded memories of the carmaker’s record-shattering safety recalls. The new recall affects the Lexus RX 350 and RX 450 hybrid manufactured from November 28, 2008 through September 1, 2010. According to Toyota, the potential exists for “an unsecured or incompatible driver’s floor mat” to jam the accelerator pedal at full throttle, causing the vehicle to speed out of control and making it difficult for the driver to stop. More than 154,000 vehicles are affected ... Read More

Car door fire probe includes 1.4 million Toyota cars and SUVs

Federal safety regulators have expanded a probe of the power window switches in certain Toyota vehicles that could result in fire and other “thermal” hazards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says on its website that it has added about 600,000 Toyota Camry, Highlander, and Yaris vehicles from the 2007, 2008, and 2009 model years to the investigation, which now encompasses more than 1.4 million cars and SUVs. NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) says that the master power window door switch in the affected vehicles could be to blame for reports it has received about fires erupting inside ... Read More

Dashboard video captures Hyundai Sonata sudden acceleration crash

A South Korean couple was injured when their 2009 Hyundai Sonata suddenly accelerated out of control on the streets of Daegu, South Korea, and crashed into another car at a high speed. The incident, which was captured on video by a dashboard camera, has prompted South Korean officials to investigate possible causes for the crash. The couple’s 30-year-old son, who gave only his family name, Kwon, to the media, posted the 29-second video to an internet forum. He told reporters that his 65-year-old father received rib and hand fractures in the crash and his 63-year-old mother required emergency surgery to ... Read More

New NHTSA rule would make brake override systems standard in all US vehicles

If a new rule proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Thursday is implemented, brake-throttle override systems would become standard issue in all cars and trucks sold in the United States. NHTSA has proposed adding the systems, which would give brakes priority in the event both brake and gas pedals are pressed at the same time, as controversy over sudden unintended acceleration problems in Toyota vehicles rages on. In 2010 and 2011, Toyota recalled millions of vehicles for their potential to speed out of control unexpectedly and crash. The car maker also paid record fines for violating federal ... Read More

Possible sudden acceleration in Toyota Camry kills California woman

WHITTIER, Calif. – A 26-year-old woman is dead after being struck by a 2012 Toyota Camry that suddenly accelerated as the driver was backing out of a beauty salon parking space. According to the Whittier Daily News, Rosalinda “Rosie” Manzanares was riding her bicycle when she passed behind the Camry, driven by Angelica Cuevas, 78, of Whittier. Manzanares was on her way to exchange a bracelet that she had bought and borrowed the bike from her father. According to a California Highway Patrol news release, Ms. Cuevas stopped her Camry halfway out of the parking space. Then, “As Ms. Manzanares ... Read More

Toyota can’t force arbitration in sudden unintended acceleration cases, judge rules

Toyota can’t force arbitration of economic-loss claims filed by plaintiffs who allege the carmaker’s sudden-unintended-acceleration defects led to diminished market value for their vehicles, U.S. District judge James Selna has ruled. Arbitration is a nifty tool widely used by big corporations like Toyota to force settlements in consumer cases before they can go to trial. Forced arbitration clauses are often tucked into the fine print of sales contracts, requiring consumers to forfeit their right to sue the company as a precondition of doing business. “Toyota waived any right it may have had to compel arbitration of 15 of the 20 ... Read More

Sudden acceleration cases filed against Toyota in California state courts get trial date

Litigation filed in California state courts over sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles has been slated to begin January 1, 2013, starting with a high-profile case alleging the wrongful death of a California woman whose 2006 Camry crashed after it sped out of control. In that case, plaintiff Peter Uno alleges that his wife Noriko Uno died in April 2008 after her Camry suddenly accelerated to speeds over 100 mph while she was traveling on an Upland, California highway. Mrs. Uno ultimately lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a telephone pole. Jury selection on this first bellwether case ... Read More

Toyota recalls 700,000 vehicles for safety repairs

Toyota announced Wednesday that it will begin recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles next month to repair potential safety problems. One recall encompasses about 495,000 Tacoma pickup trucks made in models years 2005 through 2009 and will involve replacing the steering wheel spiral cable assembly. According to Toyota, friction between the spiral cable and the retainer in the steering wheel spiral cable assembly may occur in some of the vehicles, possibly resulting in “loss of connectivity to the driver’s air bag module.” Should the electrical connection be interrupted, the driver’s airbag may be deactivated and fail to deploy during a crash. The ... Read More

Confidential Toyota memo says electronic flaw caused sudden acceleration in test car

An internal Toyota document obtained and translated by CNN demonstrates that engineers testing a pre-production car experienced and noted an instance of “sudden unintended acceleration.” The confidential document, drafted in 2006, was never shared with U.S. officials investigating whether an electronic flaw could be causing Toyota vehicles to suddenly speed out of control. Toyota engineers penned the document, relaying the results of a cruise-control test on a vehicle that would later be sold in Japan and Europe as the Lexus 460. “The cruise control activates by itself at full throttle when the accelerator pedal position sensor is abnormal,” the report says, ... Read More

State Farm sues Toyota in Texas to recover sudden-acceleration crash payments

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance is suing Toyota Motor Sales in an effort to recoup a claim it paid to a policyholder whose 2007 Camry suddenly accelerated as she was attempting to park. The insurance company alleges that Toyota installed a faulty accelerator pedal in the plaintiff’s car, causing it to surge forward and collide with a building, causing several thousands of dollars in damage.  The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Victoria, Texas, states that the plaintiff was attempting to maneuver into a parking space at an office building when the accelerator pedal became stuck, causing the vehicle ... Read More