Two Congressional lawmakers have sent letters to five insurance companies seeking information about accidents involving recalled Toyota autos, the Insurance Journal reports.
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry A. Waxman and Subcommittee Chairman Bart Stupak sent the information requests to the heads of Allstate, Farmers, GEICO, Progressive and State Farm.
The request was triggered after Toyota announced a recall of nearly 8 million vehicles worldwide for unintended sudden acceleration. The committee wants to know if the insurance companies received complaints about the problem or if they provided any warnings to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The article also notes that State Farm informed the NHTSA in 2007 over an unusually high number of accidents involving Toyota's.
In late 2009 and early 2010, Toyota announced two vehicle recalls to repair problems resulting in unintended sudden acceleration.
In the first recall, Toyota claimed that accelerator pedal may become trapped in the floor mat when it is pressed almost to the floor. In early 2010, Toyota issued a recall stating that an internal accelerator problem may cause the pedal to stick.
However, safety groups are asking whether the problem is caused by a defect or problem with the electronic throttle controls.
If you suspect that an auto accident in which you or a loved one was involved was caused by unintended, sudden acceleration, you may have a personal injury claim. Owners of the Toyota, Lexus and Pontiac vehicles under recall may also have legal claims for violations of state consumer protection laws.
The Simon Law Firm's auto accident attorneys have handled personal injury cases arising from crashes, as well as product liability and automobile defect cases. Our lawyers have represented injured SUV-rollover victims and individuals hurt as a result of tire tread separation.
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