Defective vehicles can lead to Chicago car accidents

Toyota announced last week that it is halting sales of eight different models of cars and trucks sold in the U.S. amid concerns of a vehicle defect that could result in sticking accelerator pedals, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Vehicle defects can lead a Chicago car accident. Anyone who suspects they or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed by a vehicle defect in Illinois, should contact the Chicago car accident attorneys at Abels & Annes to discuss their rights.

The Japanese auto maker will cut production at seven Toyota plants in North America after announcing the recall of 2.3 million vehicles. Meanwhile, there are questions about how long Toyota knew of the problem after the manufacturer reportedly admitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it was aware of the issue as far back as 2007.

Worldwide, the unprecedented recall is expected to reach 9 million vehicles, The New York Times reported.

The models, including the Camry and Corolla, account for 56 percent of Toyota’s U.S. sales last month. In all, the company has recalled more than 4.8 million vehicles in recent months to address problems with faulty floor mats and/or gas pedals that can result in uncontrolled acceleration.

Safety advocates have linked the problem to more than 2,000 complaints and 19 deaths, the Tribune reported.

Toyota owners with questions are advised to go to Toyota’s website or call their local dealership.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident as a result of a defective vehicle, the Chicago car accident lawyers and the personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at Abels & Annes offer free and confidential appointments to discuss your rights. Call (866) 99-ABELS. There is no fee unless you win.