| Added On February 4, 2010
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As if Toyota hasn’t been involved in enough controversy over the last few months, there is now yet another Toyota vehicle that is being investigated. While not officially recalled at the moment, the 2010 Prius is the subject of numerous reported complaints about the brakes not operating properly. As you may recall, the first Toyota recall was announced in October and covered almost 4 million vehicles. This recall has come to be called the “accelerator pedal entrapment” recall. In those vehicles, the accelerator pedal configuration appears to have been faulty and was getting stuck on the floor mats.
Then, just last month, Toyota announced a recall of another 2.3 million vehicles for yet another accelerator pedal problem. That problem appears to be internal to the pedal itself. Now the 2010 Prius may have serious brake problems according to complaints filed on both sides of the ocean.
Curiously, the 2010 Prius has generated substantially more complaints to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) than complaints for recalled models. At 171 complaints, it has been the subject of twice as many complaints as all the 2010 models of all the recalled Toyotas put together. Just this week, both Japanese officials and the NTHSA have ordered investigations into the brakes on the 2010 Prius. Complaints from both continents involve the brakes momentarily failing at low speeds or the vehicle surging forward, particularly if driving on slippery or uneven surfaces. Of the complaints that have been filed here in America, four involved accidents and two of those resulted in injuries. While the source of the problem is currently unknown, experts say that the 2010 Prius has a new type of regenerative brake system that hasn’t been used in previous years. With a regenerative brake system, energy produced from the wheels is then harnessed to help charge the battery. These regenerative brake systems use a very complex electrical system which officials have asked Toyota to look into as a possible source of the problem.
If you have been in an accident involving any of the Toyota vehicles listed in the recall or the latest investigation, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced California personal injury and product liability attorney. You may be entitled to recover damages suffered as a result of the accident. Whenever a manufacturer of a product produces a defective product, they may be liable under product liability law. Product liability law is a very complex area of the law that requires an experienced attorney to navigate. It may also be the case that the driver of the other vehicle was negligent and can be held responsible for your injuries. Only an experienced attorney can evaluate your specific case and advise you on who may be responsible and how best to proceed.
If you have been involved in a car accident and would like an experienced attorney to evaluate your case, contact the law offices of Ledger & Associates at 1-800-300-0001 or visit us at www.ledgerlaw.com.