Hundreds sue Toyota for faulty electronic systems

When you get behind the wheel of your car in Philadelphia, likely the last thing you think about is the possibility of your car malfunctioning and getting you killed. Yet this is exactly what the loved ones of some Toyota owners are saying happened.

The family members of a 66-year-old woman whose Toyota allegedly accelerated after an accident in 2009 recently sued the car maker. They claim that after the accident, the vehicle’s defective electronic system caused the car to accelerate out of control until it crashed into a telephone pole and tree. The woman died as a result of the accident.

This is not the only case; there are several hundred other lawsuits that are currently pending against Toyota. Experts argue that simulations done in a lab setting point to the likelihood of a software problem causing the vehicles to accelerate out of control and crash.

Toyota has refuted these claims, saying that in the case of the 66-year-old woman who died, she likely stepped on the gas instead of the brake. They argued that there was no way to tell what really happened.

There have been those who have had success in bringing litigation against the automobile company. Last December, a class-action lawsuit against Toyota was settled for more than $1 billion.

If you own a Toyota and have experienced issues related to the vehicle accelerating uncontrollably, you may be entitled to compensation. You would be well advised to speak with an experienced product liability attorney in Philadelphia regarding your case.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Toyota riding momentum in wild acceleration cases,” Justin Pritchard, Oct. 11, 2013



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