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Floor Mats the Focus of Toyota Recall and the Potential Cause of Crashes

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Toyota announced a major recall of 3.8 million floor mats. Yes, you read that right – floor mats. And it’s the largest vehicle recall in Toyota Motors history!

What’s the danger? The accelerator could get stuck on the floor mat and make it difficult to stop the vehicle.

Here’s a video discussing this historic recall by Toyota…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Obf5GcP0xyo

Toyota is continuing to work with officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to find a remedy for the floor mat problem.

"This is an urgent matter," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "For everyone’s sake, we strongly urge owners of these vehicles to remove mats or other obstacles that could lead to unintended acceleration," according to the Huffington Post.

As an injury lawyer who regularly represents people seriously hurt in car accidents, I’m glad Toyota is taking the appropriate steps to remove this potential safety risk from their vehicles.

The recall affects the 2007-2010 Toyota Camry, 2005-2010 Toyota Avalon, 2004-2009 Toyota Prius, 2005-2010 Tacoma, 2007-2010 Toyota Tundra, 2007-2010 Lexus ES350 and 2006-2010 Lexus IS250 and IS350, according to the AP.

In August, an off-duty state trooper in California and three members of his family were killed in San Diego in a crash. Prior to the crash, a passenger in the car called 911 and told dispatchers that the accelerator was stuck and the car had reached 120 miles per hour, according to Reuters. They were in a 2009 Lexus ES350.

People are used to hearing about brake problems, airbag malfunctions, and problems of that sort. This floor mat recall goes to show any item in a car can be hazardous, and deadly.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), near the NE North Carolina (NC) border and handles car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Check out our special report on distracted driving and guidance on how to handle car accidents. Our injury attorneys host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . In addition, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.

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