Within the last two months, Toyota has recalled several models of its vehicles for defects in its accelerator gas pedal as well as defects related to its floor mats jamming the brake pedals. According to the Toyota USA Newsroom, the most recent recall has involved the luxury Lexus LS 460 and the LS 600h L models for a steering problem that causes temporary off-centered driving.
The recall affects nearly 4000 Lexus vehicles manufactured in 2009 and 2010 nationwide, which may cause an off-centering condition that may develop under a specific driving maneuver. According to Toyota, the defect in the Lexus vehicles should not occur during normal driving circumstances, including changing lanes or turning at intersections.
Given the current state of the economy, some drivers may not be able to avoid driving their Toyota vehicles as suggested, because of a lack of alternative forms of transportation to reach their places of work. In this instance, drivers should first consult the Toyota recall site to determine the severity of the risk that results from their recall.
While it is recommended that drivers avoid driving Toyota vehicles affected by a gas pedal accelerator defect, some drivers may be able to continue driving if their vehicle is affected by the power steering recall.
With the power steering issue, a driver may still be able to drive, but the driver may have to exert more force in steering the vehicle if the defect becomes active. If the power steering should fail, the driver is advised to pull over to the side of the road and to reduce driving speed to avoid other vehicles.
On the other hand, some Toyota vehicles that are on the recall list may not have experienced the harm as indicated by the recall. Some vehicles may never become defective as indicated by the recall; however, drivers should drive more cautiously and be more alert of potential indicators of Toyota vehicle problems.
The most important method of handling a recall is to repair the defective Toyota vehicle as soon as possible. Depending on the type of recall that affects your Toyota vehicle, Toyota has a duty to repair the defect free of charge. If you are unable to have the vehicle recall repaired for free, you may contact your nearest Toyota manufacturer, or contact the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration for further assistance, or to file a complaint.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident involving a recalled Toyota vehicle, our Oklahoma City Toyota recall attorneys may be able to help you obtain compensation from negligent parties. For more information and a free legal consultation, contact our office at 1-888-429-0609.