Information for Individuals and Families Injured Due to Sudden Unintended Acceleration Car Accidents Involving Toyota and Lexus Vehicles
Simmons Hanly Conroy has been at the front lines of litigation surrounding Toyota’s recent series of massive recalls due to serious injuries involving incidents of unintended acceleration. The firm is active on both the class action and personal injury sides of investigation. As the counsel of record in the first-filed class action complaint against Toyota, attorney Derek Brandt has been at the forefront of this litigation from the start. This case was filed in early November 2009, well before the highly publicized series of recalls and before hundreds of other law firms filed similar cases against Toyota.
Besides Mr. Brandt’s early involvement, named shareholder Jayne Conroy has national leadership experience with this litigation. On May 14, 2010, Ms. Conroy was appointed to the lead counsel committee engaged in economic loss claims in this multi-billion dollar, multidistrict litigation. Ms. Conroy was one of nearly 100 applicants for one of only nine seats on the prestigious committee.
The nationwide slate of lawsuits against Toyota is now consolidated before a single judge in California with one comprehensive class action lawsuit remaining.
We are continuing to investigate new claims of sudden unintended acceleration that led to serious car accident injuries and deaths involving Toyota and Lexus vehicles, including those Toyota vehicles affected by the massive ongoing recalls, which include certain models of the popular Toyota Camry, Corolla and Avalon. Toyota has recalled millions of Toyota-brand cars and trucks in the U.S., dating back to some 2005 models.
Independent investigations and reports have linked the Toyota sudden unintended acceleration problem to over 2100 accidents, involving over 1000 injuries and 78 deaths. Since 1999, there have been over 1700 incidents of sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus vehicles reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”). These reported events have occurred in substantial numbers of more than 25 different model and model year Toyota vehicles, employing an electronic throttle control system.
Toyota finally has acknowledged serious problems with a certain number of their vehicles. After initially blaming the issue on faulty floor mats, Toyota now has admitted that the accelerator pedal could wear down and become difficult to depress, slow to spring back or stuck partly depressed. This can cause sudden unintended acceleration.
Recent traffic accidents prompted the Toyota recalls, including the crash of a Lexus sedan that sped out of control and crashed into a ravine near San Diego, killing four people. On Jan. 26, 2009, Toyota announced that it would suspend sales of certain Toyota models. Congressional committees conducted hearings to investigate consumer complaints relating to sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles, and in May 2010, NHTSA levied a $16.4 million civil fine against Toyota over its recall of sticking accelerator pedals on 2.3 million vehicles.
As counsel of record for the first economic loss, class action case, we continue to press Toyota to remedy the dangerous acceleration problem in its vehicles and to make reparations to those who have been injured or suffered losses relating to this preventable defect.
We are a national law firm with a proven track record representing individuals and families against large corporations. Please know that contacting Simmons Hanly Conroy is free. We are proud to work in this very serious investigation with the law firms of McCuneWright LLP, of Redlands, California.
Contact Simmons Hanly Conroy
If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident due to unintended acceleration in a Toyota or Lexus vehicle, Simmons Hanly Conroy has the national resources to handle complex litigation matters such as this. We will gladly answer your questions. Simply call 1-866-468-8631 or click here, and we will respond to your inquiry as quickly as possible.
As Seen On TV
Simmons Hanly Conroy and its partners have been at the forefront of this serious safety issue. Richard McCune of McCuneWright LLP has been interviewed by multiple news sources for his knowledge on unintended acceleration.
Resources for Clients
Toyota Recall Information; Safety Research & Strategies
Acceleration Mishaps Worry Vehicle Owners; Wall Street Journal
Toyota Sudden Acceleration Reports Date to 2003; Los Angeles Times
House panel to probe Toyota recalls over sudden acceleration; Los Angeles Times