The crash that killed the Saylor family of San Diego may or may not have been caused by the floor mats of the Lexus trapping the accelerator.
On August 28, Mark Saylor, an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer, was driving a loaner Lexus sedan while his own was being repaired. He was driving with his family in the Dan Diego suburb of Santee, when the accelerator stuck and the car began to speed up to 120 mph. The car raced through an intersection and hit another car before running over a curb and through a fence. The vehicle exploded on impact.
The accident investigation concluded that while floor mats in the loaner car may have been involved in the accident, other factors such as electronic or mechanical problems could not be ruled out.
Japanese automaker Toyota has recalled more than 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles. In these vehicles, there is a small clearance area between the gas pedal and the rubber floor mat which have caused accelerators to stick and produce uncontrollable acceleration. More than 41% of all consumer complaints about sudden acceleration involve Toyota and Lexus vehicles.
The investigation revealed that an employee of the car dealership that provided the loaner Lexus had been warned about the sudden acceleration problem only three days prior to the accident by another customer using the same car.
Has your car been recalled? Is it a danger to you and your family? Call the California car crash attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie at 1-866-981-5596 to learn more.
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