What happened with cars accelerating by themselves?

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2020 | Defective Products

One of your greatest fears in the car is likely losing control of that car. This could happen, for instance, if the car begins accelerating on its own and there is nothing you can do to stop it.

These types of incidents made a lot of headlines back in 2014 and before, usually centered around Toyota. The cases then fell out of the news. You may find yourself wondering whatever happened with these cases.

There are two things to consider here. First off, the cases were settled for $1.2 billion with Toyota. The stuck accelerators were traced back to the plastic used in the pedal. Those who claimed that their cars sped off and crashed without their input were apparently correct.

The second thing to consider is that these cases are still happening. There are just new car makers running into similar allegations. As big as the Toyota case was, the issue hasn’t been fully resolved. It’s still something to think about when buying a new car. It may just stem from a different company.

For instance, around 127 people claimed that their Tesla vehicles accelerated by themselves. That was enough to start an investigation that involves the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In some of the recent cases — some of which happened overseas — people have lost their lives in these accidents.

Tesla is well-known for its self-driving technology, which attempts to make driving safer. However, these allegations could mean that the cars aren’t nearly as safe as you’d like.

If you get injured in an accident in a defective vehicle, remember that it is not your fault and you may have a right to compensation.