A class action lawsuit was filed against Toyota Motor Corporation on behalf of Toyota and Lexus owners who have experienced incidents of sudden unintended acceleration.
Toyota recently launched a recall in the US following a deadly crash in California believed to be the result of an accelerator pedal that got trapped and stuck by a floor mat. It has also said in a statement that “no defect exists in vehicles in which the driver’s floor mat is compatible with the vehicle and properly secured.”
More than 1,000 owners of Toyota Motor Corp. vehicles have reported sudden vehicle acceleration since 2001, and at least 19 people may have been killed in subsequent crashes into trees, parked cars and other obstacles. U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records show that a total of 15 people died in crashes related to possible sudden acceleration in Toyota vehicles from the 2002 model year and newer, compared with 11 such deaths in vehicles made by all other automakers.