According to The Washington Post, attorneys working on a class-action lawsuit against Toyota claim that the company has known about issues of unintended acceleration in its vehicles since as early as 2003. The lawyers have reportedly discovered a field report written seven years ago by a technician that outlined an instance of unintended acceleration. The report allegedly called for immediate action due to how dangerous the problem could become and expressed concern about the potential frequency
Toyota's Jim Lentz explains the sticky pedal situation – Click above to watch the video after the break
Toyota's recalled pedal assembly close-up – Click above for high-res image gallery
With Toyota's woes seemingly multiplying by the day, you knew it was just a matter of time before the lawyers arrived on scene. Cue two law firms, Parker Waichman Alonso and the Becnel Law Firm, that are joining forces in a bid to sue Toyota's pants off.
The massive Toyota sticking-accelerator pedal recall has spread from the United States to Europe and even beyond Toyota-branded vehicles. Approximately 90,000 Peugeot 107 and Citroën C1 minicars have been added to the list of afflicted models. PSA, the parent of Peugeot and Citroën, has a joint venture with Toyota in the Czech Republic that produces the 107, C1 and the related Toyota Aygo.
Toyota has announced that it will halt sales of eight models due to its ongoing problems with unintended acceleration. The hot-selling Prius hybrid is not included in the sales suspension, though the Camry and Highlander (we'll update when we hear if this also *UPDATE: The sales stoppage does not include the Camry and Highlander Hybrids) are on the list.
var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/autos/Toyota_temporarily_halts_sales_of_selected_models'; Toyota has announced that it will halt sales of eight models due to its ongoing problems with unintended acceleration. At issue are accelerator pedal mechanisms that could get stuck in the open position due to wear, causing the vehicle to accelerate uncontrollably. Earlier this month, Toyota announced a recall of 2.3 million vehicles with the possible defect.