• Sep 19, 2010
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Toyota owners had been contacting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about unintended acceleration issues for years, but one tragedy put the spotlight on Toyota's problems. Last August, California police officer Mark Saylor and three family members died when the family's 2009 Lexus ES 350 rental flipped and caught fire after a trapped floor mat reportedly caused the vehicle to speed out of control. A month later Toyota, officially recalled 3.8 million vehicles for floor mat issues and by February 2010 over eight million vehicles were recalled for unintended acceleration issues worldwide.

Automotive News
now reports that Toyota has settled with the family of Mark Saylor for an undisclosed financial sum just over a year after the accident. Toyota reportedly declined to offer any insight into the agreement, and there's a good chance we'll never know how much money the company paid to settle the case out of court. Toyota is likely years away from putting all of its legal troubles in the rearview mirror, though. The spate of recalls generated numerous other lawsuits and several previously decided court cases were re-opened after the automaker's troubles became front-page headlines.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      you should buy yourself a Toyota and when it won't stop, you just put it in N ok..then we won't have to reply to your nasty comment about a good police officer who lost his and his family life in these jokes of a car...I would never buy a Toyota if I had a family as their life's are too important to take a chance on buying a Toyota!

      The best way to avoid a problem with these runaway Toyota's is to just not buy one~ problem solved ! stay out of Toyota's if you value your life!
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL @ farmboy's ignorance! i usually am all for respecting different lifestyles, but this bigoted view is typical of the stereotypical "redneck." LOLz
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Indiana had a driver ed system that wasn't so ridiculously inadequate, you might have expected to see it in the driving program in the future.

      Couldn't hurt to show new drivers what exactly happens when you go to neutral while moving. I think most of us would think it would have disastrous effects, like pulling the e-brake or actually turning the car off (locking up the steering and losing brake assist).
      • 4 Years Ago
      In no way, shape or form is Toyota responsible for the accident in California last August. I'm going to capitalize my statement because it seems some people still don't understand. THE DEALERSHIP IN WHICH THE LEXUS WAS RENTED FROM INSTALLED INCORRECT FLOORMATS WHICH INTERFERED WITH THE ACCELERATOR! THIS CAN HAPPEN WITH ANY MANUFACTURER, PERIOD!

      Toyota owes the family $0. The dealership is the one that is responsible for all costs. Additionally I find it very hard to believe that a trained police officer could not pull the mat away from the accelerator or put the vehicle in neutral. I've replicated this scenario on a Toyota and different makes and was able to free the accelerator from the mat or put the vehicle in neutral.

      The government should recall every vehicle in the United States since it can happen to any of them!

      We should really move on from this situation!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Three days earlier, another driver of the same car had the same problem, but saved himself by putting it into neutral and figuring out the rubber mat was jamming the accelerator. He told the dealer, to no avail. Three days later, tragedy.

      Police and NHTSA found an incompatible and too-long rubber mat from a Lexus SUV was fused to the bottom of the accelerator in the resulting fire.

      Not Toyota's fault. Harsh as it sounds, Toyota owes these people zero dollars and zero cents.

      http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2009/dec/04/report-loaner-car-in-fatal-crash-had-earlier/

      And Lexus was not involved in any accelerator recall.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lexus was in the recall... I have even seen the alerts on autoblog
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well said Mw/oPants. That story is being lost in all the hype.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The floor mat in my '06 Miata would catch the clutch pedal when it went out. A single edge razor blade cured that in under a minute. How unconscious do you have to be to ignore your loud pedal sticking in the mat? I'm betting that the drivers figured that the thing would be nice and heal up or cure itself, too lazy to either cut it or return it. That's contributory negligence in my book.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It might feel the effects for a few more years I guess.
      • 4 Years Ago
      IT;S BOB BAKER LEXUS FAULT!!! THEY PUT IN A SUBSTANDARD FLOOR MATT THAT DIDN'T FIT. ANOTHER BAD DEALER BITES THE DUST......
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you pump the brakes with wide open throttle, you'll lose your assist, too. No driver training course teaches that, either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh shut the hell up!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "save" the consumer from himself, that is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota pays the family out of court to silence them. Well done Toyota/Lexus.
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