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Toyota’s Findings Inconsistent With Owners’ Claims

Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-Mar-2010

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner

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Toyota said on Monday that the sudden-acceleration claim given by a San Diego man, who stated that his Prius hybrid car accelerated out of his control for 30 miles, was “inconsistent” with the findings of its initial examination of the car, according to the Associated Press.

The New York Times reports, "The company statement followed a similar one from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which said its investigators could not find evidence explaining the incident and that they might never know what happened."

It should be noted that the Toyota executives have not accused the man, James Sikes, "of lying or staging the incident, they did say that their examination showed that the car would have stopped when the driver firmly applied the brakes. Engineers found no evidence of friction in the accelerator pedal or that the pedal could have been pinned down by the floor mat."

The incident allegedly endured by Mr. Sikes occurred on March 8.  The following day, according to the Times report, "a woman in Harrison, N.Y., said the Prius that she was driving accelerated suddenly before it crashed into a rock wall. That driver, who was not seriously injured, was on the way to a Toyota dealership to have the vehicle inspected.

Experts have testified that it is very possible that the brake system can work normally most of the time, but falter intermittently.  Consequently, consumers and investigators are still very concerned about the Toyota vehicles.

If you have any concerns about your vehicle, please do not drive it.  Have it inspected immediately.  It could be a matter of life and death.

Drive safely.

About the author:

Mr. Zambri is a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top 1%" of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area.  The magazine also describes him as "one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers" who specializes in personal injury matters, including serious truck and car collisions. He has successfully litigated numerous cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners.  His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been repeatedly named a "Super Lawyer" by Law and Politics magazine–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.  

Mr. Zambri is regularly asked to give presentations to lawyers and businesses regarding product defects, automobile accident litigation, and safety improvements.

Mr. Zambri has authored an article regarding how automobile collision cases are evaluated.  To read it, please click here.

To read an article published by one of Mr. Zambri’s clients, who was injured in a tragic automobile collision, please click here.

Many Americans are killed or critically injured each year in vehicular collisions.  If you want more information about your legal rights, please email Mr. Zambri at szambri@reganfirm.com or call him at 202-822-1899.  

 

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