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“We’re in a Lexus. We’re going north 125 and our accelerator is stuck.” “We are going 120 (mph).” “We are in trouble, we can’t, there are no brakes.” “We’re approaching the intersection, we’re approaching the intersection!” “Hold on guys, pray pray, Oh shoot there’s…” “Oh, Oh!” This call was made by Mark Saylor on August 28, 2009. Mark Saylor, his wife, his daughter and his brother in law were killed in the crash. This event initiated a major Toyota car recall.
At the present time, nearly eight million of Toyota cars models, such as the Camry, Corolla, Rav4, Matrix, Avalon, Highlander, Tundra and the Sequoia have been recalled. Looking back, this problem with Toyota cars started as early as 2005. Toyota designers and engineers are constantly working to improve the company cars. They never anticipated that the newer design of the accelerator pedal will cause so much trouble. Somehow the new gas pedal design gets jammed and causes unexpected acceleration of the car.
Concerned with this problem, Congress called for an investigation of Toyota. It is possible that numerous car accidents in the past could have been attributed to this particular problem. The owner of the company, Akia Toyoda was called before Congress to explain the problem with his product. Mr. Toyoda apologized to the Congress and American people for the accidents caused by his cars. He assured Congress that his company is doing all that they can to correct the problem. Toyota is reimbursing the cost of rental cars to all owners of the recalled cars.
For many years Toyota had a reputation for building safe and reliable cars. The Toyota Camry was the number one selling car in America for many years in a row. People were shocked that there was a potentially deadly defect in the car they were driving. News reports later came out that Toyota covered up and ignored information about these defects. The sale of Toyota cars dramatically decreased after people found out about the defect.
One year ago I was standing on the side of a major highway in Baltimore. The transmission in my dad’s 2001 Toyota Camry broke and we had the car towed to a Toyota dealer. My dad thought about buying a new car instead of fixing the one he had. Now we are extremely happy that he didn’t by a new car because we didn’t know about the defect at the time. Everyone should care about the Toyota recall because it affects the safety of all cars on the road.
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This is a great post because you grabbed the audience immediately with the quotes at the beginning of the entry. It is also a very important subject for people to be aware of. Also, great job citing your sources!
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