Toyota and Nissan both ordered recalls Wednesday, according to an Associated Press Report published September 26th. The two recalls were unrelated, but could potentially affect more then 800,000 cars in the United States and Canada.
Toyota Motor Corporation is recalling optional “all-weather” floor mats in the Lexus ES350 and Toyota Camry passenger cars. The move comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a consumer advisory about the heavy-duty rubber floor mats. These mats, if left unsecured, could move forward and trap the gas pedal, causing the vehicle to accelerate uncontrollably.
In an unrelated move, Nissan Motor Corp. said it was recalling nearly 420,000 Sport Utility Vehicles because the metal that the fuel filler tube was made from was apt to corrode, allowing fuel to leak. The fuel filler in the Nissan Pathfinder and Infinity QX4 SUV’s from the 1997-2001 model years would corrode over time when exposed to a mixture of road salt, snow and water.
Toyota has received 22 complaints and learned of six accidents allegedly connected to the mats. A Nissan spokesman indicated that there were no reports of fires or injuries due to the defective fuel filler tube assemblies. Toyota will notify owners affected in early October and expects replacement mats to be available at dealerships by late November. Nissan will notify owners beginning in late November when dealers will replace the fuel filler tube assembly with a new one with an improved coating process.
Safety is a huge priority when it comes to selecting and purchasing an automobile. When you spend your hard earned money on any product, especially one as important and expensive as a car, you deserve the highest quality product. All too often, these car recalls are the result of innocent consumers becoming injured by faulty manufacturing. If you have been adversely affected by a defective product, automobile or otherwise, the experienced South Carolina Product Liability Attorneys at Louthian Law can help. Contact us today for a free consultation.