If you or someone you love has been seriously injured or killed in a Toyota vehicle in the past 5 years, then the lawyers at Goldberg, Finnegan & Mester are interested in talking to you about whether it is possible the injury or death was due to the accelerator getting stuck on the floor mat. We are investigating claims relating to a problem in which the accelerator pedal in certain Toyota vehicles and Lexus vehicles becomes entrapped in the floor mat causing a sudden acceleration. Toyota has recalled 9 million vehicles worldwide as a result of this problem. The vehicles that Toyota admits are affected by the problem are the following: Toyota Camry 2007-2010, Toyota Avalon 25-2010, Toyota Prius 2004-2009, Toyota Tacoma 2005-2010 modelsToyota Tundra 2007-2010, Lexus ES 350 2007-2010, Lexus IS 250 2006-2010, and Lecus IS 350 2006-2010 model. Toyota has stopped selling the affected vehicles, but there are thousands of the vehicles still on the road. The customer service number that Toyota has provided is 800-331-4331. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration alerted Toyota and Lexus owners about the issue on September 29, 2009 in a press release, and recommended that the floor mat be removed from the Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Our Maryland car accident lawyers and Virginia car accident lawyers are investigating product liability claims against Toyota, Lexus and the manufacturer of the faulty gas pedal and floor mats (CTS). Claims will include negligence, strict liability, breach of warranty, wrongful death, and survival. If you are involved in a car accident and you suspect that it is due to sudden acceleration (or any product defect for that matter), it is crucial that the vehicle and its components (floor mat, accelerator, etc.) be preserved. Without this evidence it can be difficult or impossible to prove the case.
Goldberg Finnegan & Mester Advice to Consumers: If you own a Toyota or Lexus vehicle you may want remove the driver side floor mat.