Car Accidents Caused by Defective Accelerator Pedals

Defective accelerator pedals are an issue that have plagued automobile manufacturers for many years, and can be the cause of very serious accidents and injuries. Many consumers remember when millions of Toyota cars and trucks were recalled in 2009 and 2010 because of unintended acceleration. Here we’ll provide some additional information about car accidents caused by defective gas pedals.

Defective Gas Pedal Recalls

Unintentional acceleration may be caused by floor mats that ride up to depress the accelerator pedals, frictional wear in the brake system, defective electronic controls, or electromagnetic interference. Generally, failures are intermittent, and the conditions under which failures occur are hard to repeat, meaning evidence of exact cause is often hard to find. If your gas pedal ever gets stuck, here’s what to do:

  1. Firmly hit the brakes.
  2. Put your car in neutral without taking your foot off the brake.
  3. Bring your car to a full stop and turn the engine off.

When you do this maneuver, it’s important that you don’t release the brake once you begin decelerating. Power brakes work off engine vacuum, and you don’t build any vacuum when the engine throttle is wide open. If you lift off of the brake pedal, you will lose your vacuum power-assist, causing your brakes to get very hard and stiff.

Gas Pedal Recalls in the News

Toyota’s issues with defective accelerator pedals haven’t stopped other faulty pedals from entering the market. In 2015, KIA announced a gas pedal recall of over 200,000 vehicles because of problems with the accelerator pedal. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), vehicles are being recalled due to an issue with a section of the accelerator pedal that may bend and fracture.

Sudden and unintended acceleration can cause many types of accidents, ranging from traffic collisions to drivers slamming into buildings, trees, parked cars, and pedestrians. With the defective Toyota vehicles, crashes caused by stuck acceleration pedals are believed to have resulted in 19 deaths and numerous injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury, burn injuries, and amputations.

Contact KWFDM after a Defective Vehicle Car Accident

If you have been injured in a car accident involving a defective accelerator pedal, please contact the legal team at Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC at (404) 461-0101. We can help determine if the vehicle was subject to a recall or should have been subject to a recall. After a thorough investigation, we’ll explain your legal options and work to hold liable parties accountable for your damages.

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