New Cases of Sudden, Unintended Acceleration
The Herald Chronicle in Winchester, TN (1/14/2016, Stockwell) reported that on New Year’s Eve, three individuals died as a result of a fatal accident. The accident involved a 2008 year model Kia, which crashed into the rear of a minivan.
The individual driving the Kia told First Responders that the car ran away from her. The driver of the Kia and two boys seated in the minivan – twins, just 7 years of age – died as a result.
Unfortunately, this was not an isolated incident of the day. Another fatal accident occurred in Ontario, California. A Toyota Yaris crashed into another car, resulting in 5 deaths. The individual driving the Toyota advised that the Yaris’s breaks were unresponsive to his attempts and that the gas pedal was stuck.
The California accident leads to an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A request has been made to the NHTSA by Winchester to investigate the wreck involving the Kia as well.
Back in the 1980’s the NHTSA defined a “sudden acceleration incident” as acceleration that is unintended, high-power and unexpected from either a stand-still or low speed and involves the loss of braking effectiveness.
The cause of sudden unintended acceleration is still unclear, though possible factors for sudden unintended acceleration have been noted as failure of the electronic throttle control or failure of cruise control, faulty code within a car’s OS, driver error, and more.
You may recall the large 2009-2010 recalls by Toyota, although incidents related to Kia, Honda, Audi, Jeep and Ford models have also been reported. According to the Herald report, the highest level of sudden unintended acceleration occurred between the years 2000 and 2010, involving vehicles by carmakers Toyota and Lexus.
Hopefully further investigation will provide some answers to this reoccurring and fatal issue.
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Attorney Rob Baskerville, Personal Injury Lawyer Albuquerque