Toyota’s failure to own up to mechanical defects in its automobiles has cost lives that otherwise could have been saved. With new details emerging that Toyota sought to delay and cover up the mechanical problems with sticking accelerators in its popular line of automobiles, including the best selling Camry model, the questions now remain as to what did Toyota know and when did they know it. As reported on Bloomberg.com:
Irv Miller, then a vice president for Toyota’s U.S. sales unit, told other officials in an e-mail on Jan. 16 that “the time to hide on this one is over.” The world’s largest automaker recalled 2.3 million vehicles in the U.S. for accelerator pedal flaws the following week.
“We are not protecting our customers by keeping this quiet,” Miller wrote in an e-mail to Toyota executives in the U.S. and Japan, obtained on April 8, 2010.
American consumers have an expectation of safety when they purchase an automobile and that expectation has never been higher than with the Toyota brand of automobiles. Unfortunately Toyota may never be able to regain that level of trust after more facts have been uncovered about their own knowledge of product defects. Throughout Florida and the entire United States, many families have come to suffer the loss of loved ones because of this unfortunate denial of defects in the manufacture of these high end products. In fact, many people are taking a second look at automobile accidents involving Toyota Camrys to determine if the actual cause of the automobile crashes is the result of the defective accelerators.
As the story of the Toyota accelerator continues to develop, many foresee the American civil justice system as the last defense against these types of anti-consumer practices. At Perenich The Law Firm, we handle cases such as major product liability actions throughout the Tampa Bar area.