Toyota Victims Call for More Recalls

With the current events expected to bring down on Toyota a media-storm the like of which Audi experienced in the US some 25 years ago, more and more voices begin bombarding the Japanese carmaker with requests, demands, opinions and advices. As you know, Toyota is now recalling vehicles belonging to eight models, manufactured mostly in 2008-2009, but there are now voices claiming the problems began earlier than that.

According to the family of crash victim Anne Ezal, Toyota's recall should include Camry models manufactured in between 2002-2007 (currently, the Camrys subjected to the recall are only built in 2007-2010), as the same fault caused the death of Anne Ezal and injured her husband, Bulent Ezal.

The incident happened back in 2007, in Pismo Beach, California. Anne Ezal was driving a 2005 Camry to the Pelican Point Restaurant, a restaurant located on the edge of a cliff.

When she tried to stop the car the Camry suddenly accelerated, jumping a small curb, crashing through a fence and over the bluff. The car fell 70 feet, turned over once and killed the driver.

"Incredibly, these vehicles have not been eligible for any of the numerous fixes Toyota has been scrambling to apply since September," Donald Slavik, attorney for the Ezal family and another Toyota victim said.

"It's outrageous that Toyota is expending more effort into restoring its battered brand, than actually fixing the vehicles that need it most. They have a repair -- the brake-to-idle feature -- that can be applied to all these vehicles, regardless of sticky pedals, misplaced floor mats or an electronic glitch."

Whatever the case may be, the fallout on Toyota's recall will continue for weeks to come. It is at this point to early to say how will this affect the carmaker and its market position, especially because increasing rumors point to the recall fever engulfing Europe as well. Here, complaints regarding sticky accelerator pedals on the Aygo and Yaris already began poring in...
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