Toyota has agreed to pay $16 million in penalties after the government contended that Toyota knowingly refrained from disclosing the sticky gas pedal defect to the public and did not take action to protect the public from harm. Toyota’s agreement does not mean that the company admits to wrongdoing. However, the company accepted the $16 million penalty within a 24 hour time period. The next legal cases will be those of people that were injured or died because of the sticky gas pedal. Personal injury lawyers are preparing their legal cases against Toyota nationwide. In fact, over 150 lawyers recently gathered in San Diego to bring attention to the high number of reports of people injured by Toyota’s sticky gas pedal. Lawyers may contend that Toyota committed fraud and racketeering in a conspiracy to mislead the government and consumers. People that have been injured because of a sticky gas pedal on a Toyota vehicle may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries, including: lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering. Toyota owners that have lost value in their vehicles because of the extensive recalls may also be entitled to financial compensation.
The Latest Recall: Sienna Mini Vans
Toyota Sienna Mini Vans (1998-2010), totaling 600,000 vehicles, were the latest Toyota recall Toyota model to come to the forefront. The reason for the recall relates to the risk that the spare tire carrier cable can corrode following exposure to road salts. This poses a risk that the cable will fail, leading to the spare tire dismounting from the minivan and a possible car accident. The Sienna Mini Vans are added to the millions of other Toyota vehicles that have been recalled since October of 2009.
Mr. Burton Padove is keenly familiar with all of the factors that go into lawsuits for people suffering from injury because of Toyota vehicles. He has defended the legal rights of many people that faced the challenges associated with defective car parts. Burton Padove is currently accepting legal cases against Toyota.
If you or a loved one has suffered from injury because of a Toyota car defect, call Burton Padove for a free consultation at 219-836-2200.