Posted On: March 21, 2010 by Christopher T. Hurley

Toyota, US inspectors examine wrecked NY Prius

Toyota’s woes continue as “investigators from Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration inspected a wrecked 2005 Prius in a suburb of New York City on Wednesday to see if its event data recorder or the car would point to a problem with braking or acceleration.” (Harrison, NY AP, J. Fitzgerald and D. Stumpf, 3/17).

The Prius driver “told police that it sped up on its own as she eased forward down her employer's driveway on March 9 and hit a wall across the street. She was not hurt and authorities have said there is no indication of driver error.”

Although Toyota has recalled more than 8 million cars because their gas pedals could become stuck or be held down by floor mats, the Prius is not on Toyota's recall list for sticky accelerators, but was repaired because of floor mat problems This accident seems to suggest further recalls may be necessary.

In response, both the government and Toyota are evaluating more than 60 complaints from Toyota drivers who say they had their recalled cars fixed and still had problems.

As a car and truck accident attorney in Chicago, I am weary of the Toyota recalls and think they may be more information that will soon become known. Seemingly, there are problems with some Toyota models that are not yet corrected.

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