When a consumer purchases a new vehicle, he expects it to be free of defects. Although in an ideal world this would be true, in reality vehicles are manufactured with defects, both minor and, at times, major. In the past year, many car manufacturers have issued recalls to correct the various problems of the vehicles they have sold.
One car manufacturer that has recently been hit by hundreds of wrongful death and injury lawsuits is Toyota Motor Corp. These lawsuits involve the sudden acceleration by Toyota vehicles which have ended in injury and even death for drivers.
On Thursday, a spokesman for Toyota reported the company settled a wrongful death lawsuit with one Utah family for an undisclosed amount. In 2010, two members of the family were killed when their Toyota Camry suddenly accelerated, could not be stopped, and tragically slammed into a wall. This lawsuit is just one of hundreds Toyota is now facing for the acceleration problem.
Recently the company has been hit hard financially by lawsuits. Just last month, Toyota agreed to pay out more than a billion dollars to settle hundreds of lawsuits by Toyota owners claiming they suffered economic losses when Toyota recalled millions of vehicles for various safety problems.
Toyota issued a statement saying that "they sympathize with anyone in an accident involving our vehicles .... however, we continue to stand fully behind the safety and integrity of Toyota's Electronic Throttle Control System, which multiple independent evaluations have confirmed as safe."
If you have been injured or a family member has died in an auto accident due to a manufacturer's defective vehicle, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. When seeking compensation in a wrongful death case, the guidance of an experienced Daytona Beach wrongful death attorney can make all the difference in the world in pursuing justice for your loss.