Toyota Motor Sales USA has ordered mandatory inspection of all Toyota and Lexus vehicles after a fiery San Diego crash that killed four people. Earlier indications suggest that the accident may have been caused by a faulty floor mat that made the accelerator get stuck.
You may recall the accident that occurred two weeks ago (and blogged about here) involving Mark Saylor, an off-duty CHP officer who was driving with his family in a loaner Lexus when the accelerator became stuck. Saylor dramatically called 911 just prior the accident, a recording that has received a ton of national attention (and can be heard by clicking here).
As a result of the attention, Toyota has sent a letter to all of its dealers requiring inspections on all Toyota and Lexus cars, stating”
“We urge all other automakers, dealers, vehicle owners, and the independent service and car wash industries to assure that any floor mat, whether factory or aftermarket, is correct for the vehicle and properly installed and secured.”
Investigators at the NHTS have said that the all-weather floor mat found in the wreckage of the Lexus suggest that it could have interfered with the accelerator. Notably, the rubber mat found in the vehicle was a couple of inches longer than the mat that belonged in the vehicle. If this is true, culpability may lie at the feet of Bob Baker Lexus in El Cajon, the source of the loaner vehicle.
It appears this case will be headed to litigation, as it should. Mr. Saylor died along with his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law. We certainly hope the true cause of this tragic accident is discovered, and that justice is served.
The San Diego injury and accident attorneys at Walton Law Firm LLP represent individuals and families who have been injured in all types of accidents, including those caused by defective products. Call (760) 607-1325 for a free consultation.