It’s clear that there is a problem with a lot of Toyota vehicles out there. More than nine million vehicles affected worldwide There are questions about what the problem really is. There are questions about how to fix it. But, the real questions are, who do you listen to?
There is Toyota: The are doing all that they can to protect their image. There were reports last week that they were going to start a publicity campaign which would include a senior executive appearing on television to discuss solutions to the manufacturer’s massive recalls. The company is seeking to appease consumer concerns over sudden acceleration of its vehicles.
There are the recall notices: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been pushing Toyota to make recalls and to get the problem fixed. But, there have been different explanations of what it needs to fix and are they calling for enough?
There are a number of lawyers talking about this issue: Attempts are being made to reopen federal product liability suits against Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. in the Eastern District of Texas there has already been a signicant order. In its Jan. 20 mandamus opinion in In Re: Toyota Motor Corp. and Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Waco, Texas’ the 10th Court of Appeals ruled that plaintiff Pennie Fay Green can proceed with discovery in her attempt to obtain a contempt order and sanctions against the automaker.
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood : suggested that Americans should park their recalled Toyotas unless driving to dealers for accelerator repairs. But, later backtracked on that statement. Was it dropping stock prices that affected the statement?
There still seems to be more questions than answers. Hopefully, the consumer will be protected by someone.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.