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Over 15.5 Million Vehicles Affected by Recalls in 2011

By San Diego Car Accident Lawyer on January 20, 2012 - Comments off

Over the course of 2011, more than 15.5 million motor vehicles were issued recalls for various reasons by auto manufacturers across the United States. Leading the pack was Honda Motor Co. with 3.9 million vehicles recalled in the U.S., according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) results reported by The Ledger.com.
Although 15.5 million vehicles is a large number for one year, it is actually the lowest amount since 2008. In total, there were 593 recall campaigns in 2011, a decrease from the 648 that occurred in 2010. Additionally, the total amount of vehicles is a large drop from the 20.1 million that were recalled in 2010. The NHTSA reported that Honda recalled 3.9 million vehicles in 2011, a number boosted by the company’s announcement of 876,000 vehicles recalled for air bag problems in December.
Toyota Motor Corp. recalled the second most vehicles with 3.5 million affected by 13 campaigns, although it is a large decrease from 2010’s 7 million vehicles recalled due to accelerator problems. Ford Motor Co. came in third for the year with 3.3 million vehicles during 2011.
Auto defects can present a wide variety of hidden problems that can cause devastating accidents without warning. Often, vehicle recalls only occur after lengthy investigation, leaving time for many devastating auto accidents to occur as a result. Depending on the nature of the defect, a vehicle can be negatively affected in both its chances of being involved in an accident and protecting its driver and passengers during such an incident.
If you have been injured due to an inherent problem with your vehicle, the San Diego auto defect lawyers at The Jurewitz Law Group can win compensation for the injuries and damages you have suffered. Contact our offices today at (888) 233–5020 for a complimentary consultation on your case.

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San Diego, CA Family Sues Toyota for Fatal Car Crash

By San Diego Car Accident Lawyer on March 10, 2010 - Comments off

A San Diego lawsuit was filed by the surviving family members of California Highway Patrol Officer Mark Saylor and his family against automaker giant Toyota following the infamous car accident which took their lives. The Toyota 2009 Lexus ES- 350 provided to Officer Saylor by Bob Baker Lexus while Officer Saylor’s vehicle’s was being repaired had started unexpectedly and uncontrollably accelerating. The Lexus raced across San Diego’s freeways and roads before finally crashing and bursting into flames in Santee.
The lawsuit accuses Toyota of manufacturing and distributing a dangerous product along with Bob Baker Lexus, the El Cajon based car dealership who loaned the sedan, for negligence. The surviving relatives are seeking an unspecified amount in damages.
Up to today, 58 people have been killed in the cases involving a Toyota vehicle with acceleration malfunctioning. While even one injury or lost life due to unexpected and uncontrollable acceleration is too many, these deaths are completely inexcusable. One would expect that the gas pedal or brake pedal in your car would work properly at all times. These are the controls that manage the speed of the vehicle itself. For the car to speed away without the guidance of the driver is a scary thought and can certainly cause severe injury and death.

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