Sunday

The Pro and Con of Class Action Cases

We recently wrote about Toyota's acceleration problems and why a class action may not work for some people, as a way to resolve their own situation here: http://ohiolemonlaw.blogspot.com/2010/02/toyotas-problem-and-why-class-action.html

Before deciding on starting, or joining, any class action, you have to ask yourself what your goals are in the dispute. There are both advantages and disadvantages of handling your consumer dispute in a class action approach instead of an individual "just me" approach.

The advantages are pretty obvious and it generally flows from the "strength in numbers" approach. If a large group of people have the same legal rights, being able to let many of those people testify in the same court case can help convince a jury that what they are saying is true and they deserve to have compensation for the problem. Also, if what you want to do is stand up for the "little guy" who can't afford either the money or the time it takes to wage such a fight, then that's another reason. Principles can be powerful motivators for justice.

On the other hand, perhaps the actual injury to each person is very small and it's not worth fighting over for just one person to take it on. For instance, there was a large insurance company that had a rule to just deny all claims under $50 including legitimate ones, simply because people would never pursue the insurance company over it. Also, there's the famous baby food case where a large manufacturer was labeling its flavored tap water as apple juice when it was really no such thing at all, but at 35 cents a bottle, no one would have made a lawsuit out of it. In those cases, a class action may be the only way to curb corporate greed and hold them accountable to everyone that was ripped off.

There's also the case of the victims who still don't know they are victims at all. That's where most of the apple juice victims were. They had paid for it but never even realized they were ripped off. A class action in the legal system may be the only way those people ever have a chance to get their money back. Otherwise, large companies would have no incentive to be honest and fair in even the smallest transaction.

No question about it. Sometimes a class action is both necessary and appropriate in many kinds of situations. But sometimes it isn't.

For some people, they just want their own situation resolved. They often believe that life is tough enough without taking on a "holy war" over a small amount of money or one that may take years to fight through. To them, it's simply isn't worth it.

Class actions sometimes carry some unwanted publicity too, and that has to be considered.

For some folks they just want to be treated fairly and honestly and go to work every day and just live their life, so to speak. To be sure, they don't want to be taken advantage of, but they often believe that "it all comes out even in the end" and they just want their family and their life to be okay.

For those folks, a class action is not cost effective because their goal is to get their life back to normal and to get their own justice and let the "other guy" take care of his own problems. There's nothing wrong with that either.

But before starting a class action, the consumer needs to think all this through carefully. That includes the time delay of getting something, which a class action can add to the process, when the amount the individual consumer gets may not be all that much. Because the amount to Toyota, for instance, may ultimately amount to huge numbers, it would be reasonable to expect that they will likely fight class action cases extremely hard. That's what that California insurance company did, for example. Here's a real illustration.

In 2005 a class action was filed against Nationwide Life Insurance Company, alleging they had slightly overbilled policyholders on their premiums. After five years of litigation, the case finally settled and we just got our settlement check. $38.20. Here's a copy of the check, so you can see this story is real.

Now, we wouldn't have filed our own lawsuit over $38.20. And some companies depend on that when they do what they do to people, and sometimes it's just a stupid error that they never made right. But it's only $38.20. And it took five years to get it. Now to Nationwide, it amounted to a whole lot of money being given back to a whole lot of people. But to us, it was just $38.20. A class action, we think, was necessary there to get that done. Besides, it wasn't hurting us to wait for it. It wasn't like we were thinking about it every time we got in our car and turned on the ignition. But then there's the Toyota mess.

How much will Toyota owners in those now-over 60 class actions end up actually getting in their pocket when it's all over with? Who knows. But you can bet it'll take years to get it. Sometimes you're better off taking a little less and getting it right now. That's what some consumers think too. And you can't blame them.

They thought Toyota cars and trucks were built well, reliable, and backed by a company that cared about their customers more than American-based manufacturers seemed to. that was a reasonable thought at the time but, in retrospect, it may not have been correct. And now, even with that new dime-size shim piece sitting behind the gas pedal, they still can't be sure what is really going on. No one is saying that little piece is the real answer. One now-famous professor spent 3 hours and showed how it had probably had nothing to do with the real acceleration problem at all.

So if you own a Toyota do you want to just get it over with, and soon?

If so, a class action may not be the best answer to that. You may be better off just fighting your own case and trying to get your own life back to normal for you and your family, as soon as you can. Whether you ever buy another Toyota anytime soon, well, that's another question. And only you can answer it.

We generally have several class actions going on at any one time, including right now, and we believe a class action is often necessary to get the best result for the most people, as cost effectively as possible. But the client has to decide carefully if that is what they want to do. If so, then we can help. If not, well, that's okay because we handle individual cases too.

Burdge Law Office
Because life's too short to drive a lemon.
Whether Toyota made it or someone else did.

Saturday

Why are there more recalls of imported products than US made products?

We've lamented it before. For the second year in a row, there are more recalls of foreign-made products in the US than recalls of US made products. And that's not even counting the Toyota mess.

The American Association for Justice is reporting that eighty-three percent (312) of the 377 recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2009 were from foreign manufacturers. Even more disturbing, the 2009 CPSC data is similar to last year's 2008 numbers, when 84% (329) of recalls were from foreign manufacturers out of 392 total recalls for the year.

We shipped the jobs overseas and now we are finding out that lax manufacturing standards and loose foreign government regulation has enabled shoddy products to be built and shipped to the US, contirbuting to our trade imbalance and threatening consumer's safety.

Well on Feb. 25, U.S. Representative Betty Sutton (D-OH), Michael Turner (R-OH), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), John Conyers (D-MI), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the bipartisan Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act, legislation that would make it easier for U.S. consumers to hold foreign manufacturers of defective products accountable. Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), and Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL).

It's about time.

Right now, bringing a court case against a foreign manufacturer requires serving legal notice on the company in their country. That often means translating the court papers into the language of the native country and tracking down the companies’ foreign address to get it served on them. That can add lots of time and thousands of dollars in expense to the legal process.

And even then the foreign company may ignore the US court process completely.

One example of foreign manufacturers escaping accountability involves Taishan Gypsum, a Chinese manufacturer of drywall. Over 500 million pounds of the sulfuric gas-emitting Chinese drywall was shipped to the U.S., which is now plaguing thousands of homeowners. Taishan Gypsum, a company owned by the Chinese government, is currently being held in default for failing to respond to a putative class action brought by builders that used the company’s drywall in homes. So homeowners may end up with surfur gas in their homes and not be able to make the Chinese company stand up to its responsibility for it.

That's a huge hole in our legal system that foreign companies have been taking advantage of for years. And it's about time the loophole was closed.

So what are the foreign products that safety investigators at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled?

Products sold here by Fisher Price, LL Bean, The Disney Company, Old Navy, True Value, Dicks Sporting Goods, Maytag, Tupperware, RadioShack, Best Buy, The Home Depot, Build a Bear Workshop, Frontgate, LEGO Systems, Frigidaire, IKEA Home Furnishings, Target, and hundreds and hundreds more companies.

To see the full list of 2009 recalls, see http://www.justice.org/resources/Recalls_of_CPSC_2009.pdf .

To see the full list of 2008 recalls, see http://www.justice.org/resources/Recalls_of_CPSC_2008.pdf .

And then there's Toyota, which is all its own story.

It's all enough to make you start buying American made products again. Well, that's about time too.

Burdge Law Office
www.OhioConsumerLaw.com
Helping consumers protect themselves since 1978.

Tuesday

Toyota's Problem and Why a Class Action May Not Work for You

The Toyota mess is, most certainly, a mess of royal proportions. It seems like a new "class action" lawsuit is being filed every couple of days. Reports are that there are at least 41 of them spread out across the country. But that may not be the best approach for everyone. Maybe not even for most people.

Most folks just want rid of their bad, untrustworthy Toyota, without loosing their shirt in the process. They feel betrayed, most often after years of loyalty to the Toyota brand. And now they hear the Toyota boss tell Congress today that they aren't so sure after all that the floor mats or the sticky gas pedal are the problem.

And there's still a Toyota sitting your driveway? A class action may not be the best answer for you in this case.

There's a place for class actions, certainly, and Toyota may be the perfect example. But often class action cases end up with the consumer getting a small amount while the attorneys get a large amount (which they earn, by the way, from their years of fighting the case without being paid during the fight). Still, some people think the process is not really fair because it can take years to get a class action settled and maybe even longer to get your money to you. That's the reason that a class action is something you have to think carefully about before getting into.

In many smaller class action cases, if not most, what you want for yourself, for your own family, can be achieved more quickly and more beneficially to you (in your pocket) if you take an individual approach.

If what you want the most is just to get out of your bad Toyota, as quick as you can, a class action may not be the best solution for you. An individual "let's take care of me first" case may be your very best way to handle it.

In that event, the big class action law firms may not be interested in your case. Well, we are. We handle class action cases, sure. But the Toyota acceleration recall cases are not ones we are handling on a class action basis. The Toyota class case is likely to end up being huge, cumbersome, dragged out, and very difficult on the consumers (and the lawyers) from start to end. As a Toyota owner, you have to be very sure you want to get into that kind of fight before you go there.

Most people can't afford to park their bad Toyota car and go out and buy another one. What most people tell us is that they want rid of their bad car right now because they just don't trust it or the company anymore.

In that case, we can help. We're Lemon Law lawyers and getting rid of bad recalled Toyota cars and Toyota trucks is what we do. We've been doing it since 1978. Toyota's attorneys know us. We know them too. That's one of the many reasons we think we can help you best.

And best of all, we have a nationwide network of Consumer Law and Lemon Law attorneys who can help you get out of your bad Toyota anywhere in the United States.

If you want to do a class action, okay. We can handle that. But if you just want to get your family's life back to normal, we can handle that too. We understand that sometimes you want to do something that helps everyone out, and sometimes you just want your life back to normal.

Whichever way you want it, we can help. Get a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of lemon Toyota cars and lemon Toyota trucks is what we do. Everyday. Since 1978.

Burdge Law Office
Because life's too short to drive a lemon.
Especially a Toyota lemon.

Monday

Toyota News Gets Worse by the Day

Seems like everyday is worse than the day before for Toyota. The company president, Toyoda, is not looking forward to showing up in front of Congressional investigator committees, no doubt.

AOL's Daily Finance is reporting the company apparently bargained with US federal safety investigators over the size of the accelerator recall and after getting what they wanted, in Fuly 2009 the company circulated an internal Toyota document titled "Wins for Toyota Safety Group" that bragged that they had saved $100 million by convincing NHTSA investigators to cut back on the size of the recall. Kind of reminds one of the Ford Pinto gas tank fiasco, with its internal Ford memo tieing money to recall savings back in the mid 1970's that the Center for Auto Safety wrote about here: http://www.autosafety.org/ford-pinto-fuel-fed-fires

Add to that the reports of more Toyota recalls in the offing (like the crashing Toyota Tacoma), a US grand jury subpoena for recall info, Toyota plants in the United Kingdom shutting down and Toyota's continued denials of any link between the suspect electronic throttle systems and the uncontrollable self-acceleration defect, and top it off with the morning news about the poor schmuck who was sent to prison for a Toyota self-acceleration-caused vehicular death which he got blamed for because no one had heard about any self-acceleration problem yet (he's doing hard time now but the prosecutor has announced he will reopen the case), and it seems like it just gets worse every day.

Some are saying the media should ease up on Toyota. Others aren't holding back their anger. Congress, never shy about grandstanding when there's blame to pass to someone else, is getting the fires ready for the Toyota hearing roast.

Blame is nice, and it should be laid out there. But meanwhile, there are thousands of consumers who still aren't sure what to do. The value of their Toyota is shot, thanks to the company that they relied on for safety and reliability, chiefly because Toyota spent decades carefully marketing their reputation for safety and reliability. Some still aren't fixed. Americans have died in accidents caused by Toyota's desire to make that extra profit (reports say it's upwards of 1,000 deaths).

People are angry. They have a right to be. If only a fraction of what is coming out is true, then Toyota richly deserves the public thrashing it is going to get. It deserves the lawsuits too.

Yes, there are lawyers who have filed class action lawsuits against Toyota over all this, and they are being unjustly chastized for it.

If your brother and his entire family were killed in a run-away Toyota-built vehicle like the off duty state trooper in California, wouldn't you be angry? If it was your father who was doing prison time because no one believed him when he said his Toyota just speeded up and he couldn't stop it before it crashed into another car killing its occupants, wouldn't you be angry? There are lots more examples.

The US court system does not hurt manufacturers, in spite of what some well-paid pundits say from outside the system where they get paid richly by corporate sponsors of their tv shows to cry wolf and foul at every opportunity. The court system actually helps because it levels the playing field for all manufacturers. If one company builds a dangerous product and someone gets hurt, the court system can hold them accountable for it. The company not only learns an economic lesson, but that then serves as an example to others in its industry to follow the law and do what's right so they don't suffer a similar economic loss.

It also serves to punish corporations that cut corners in order to compete unfairly in the marketplace. And that unfair competition drives other manufacturers out of business if it isn't curbed with the economic penalties of a lawsuit loss.

The court system is all about checks and balances. When it functions right, we all come out ahead. Products get built safer, competition is fairer, goods cost less for all of us.

The people hurt by what Toyota has done deserve the chance to take Toyota to court. No matter what happens, we all will win something from it. And, believe it or not, Toyota will learn something from it too.

Meanwhile, if you've got a recalled Toyota, don't drive it. Have it towed to your nearest dealer. While you're there, you might ask for your money back too.

Burdge Law Office
Helping consumers protect themselves since 1978.

Sunday

A New Toyota Recall - Tacoma Trucks for Drive Shaft Fix

It seems like every day Toyota is recalling something else. Now it's the Tacoma Trucks.

Toyota announced will recall 8,000 Tacoma pickups due to possible cracks in a common drive shaft component Read more here: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100212/RETAIL05/100219948/-1#ixzz0fXhZAY5B

The recall involves the 2010 Toyota Tacoma. Although this same model is involved in the now-famous "aha! it's the floor mat" self-acceleration recall, the issue in this recall is new.

This recall comes only days after a new recall of over 7,300 of the 2010 Toyota Camry vehicles for risk of brake line failures.

If it isn't one recall, it's another. And then another. And then another.

Maybe it's time to go back to American quality?

If you've got a lemon Tacoma, a Toyota that's dangerous, or a Camry with failing brakes, maybe you need a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of lemons is what we do. Every day. Since 1978.

Burdge Law Office
Because life's to short to drive a lemon.
Any kind of lemon.

Friday

Did Toyota Payoffs Stall the Gas Pedal Recall?

So, how do you stop a government investigator from investigating your company? Well, one way is to promise them a job or just plain hire them. Did Toyota do that to stall or stop federal investigators from looking too closely at their runaway acceleration car problems in the past? Toyota owners deserve an honest answer.

On Feb. 12th, Bloomberg.com reported that many of the regulators in the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ("NHTSA") who stopped earlier investigations into Toyota problems by the federal agency in charge of recalls ended up being hired by Toyota after they left their government jobs.

Former regulators hired by Toyota Motor Corp. helped end at least four U.S. investigations of unintended acceleration by company vehicles in the last decade, warding off possible recalls, Bloomberg says court and government records show. While all automakers have employees who handle NHTSA issues, Toyota may be the only one of the major companies that also has hired the former safety investigation agency staffers.

Spokesmen for General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group LLC and Honda Motor Co. all say their companies have no ex-NHTSA people who deal with the agency on defects.

The recent developments with this Toyota recall mess are astonishing and have to make you wonder just how cozy the recall investigators have been with Toyota. Is this the reason recalls didn't happen before now?

As an example, Bloomberg reports that "Christopher Tinto, vice president of regulatory affairs in Toyota’s Washington office, and Christopher Santucci, who works for Tinto, helped persuade the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to end probes including those of 2002-2003 Toyota Camrys and Solaras, court documents show. Both men joined Toyota directly from NHTSA, Tinto in 1994 and Santucci in 2003.

"NHTSA opened eight investigations of unintended acceleration of Toyota vehicles from 2003 to 2010, according to Safety Research & Strategies Inc., a Rehoboth, Massachusetts, group that gathers data from NHTSA and other sources..."

Foreign accountability is needed to keep Americans safe and it seems to be getting clearer that it has not been happening. Here, it looks like even the government watchdogs weren’t watching.

Read the Bloomberg article here:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aMBS8icm3pyY&pos=5

It all makes you wonder just how long has this been going on? Who knows.

One thing we know for sure though is that if you own one of these recalled Toyota's, it's time to be driving very carefully, if you drive it at all.

If you've got a lemon Toyota, you need a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of lemons is what we do. Every day. Since 1978.

Burdge Law Office
Because life is to short to drive a lemon.

Monday

Prius Recall Expected Any Moment, Toyota Luster Fades

It's official, sort of. Everyone from consumer advocates to Automotive News expects that Toyota will announce a recall of the new Prius model any day. If you've got one, get ready.

The recall will address software issues that cause brake problems. Apparently the brakes fail to react immediately when you hit the brakes such as in an emergency. We talked about this as being the "Oh, crap" recall because that's the mild version of the emotion the driver feels, no doubt, when they hit the Prius brakes and nothing happens.

With Toyota, it is only getting worse as each day goes by. Maybe now is the time to buy American again after all.

If you've got a lemon Toyota, get a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of lemon cars and truck lemons is what we do. Every day. Since 1978.
Burdge Law Office
Helping Consumers Since 1978.

Toyota Acceleration Problem Seen by Feds in August 2007

Automotive News is reporting this morning that in August 2007 federal safety investigators at NHTSA, the people in charge of motor vehicle recalls, saw electromagnetic interference cause a Toyota-built engine to rev up on its own. But they decided to do nothing about it.

"Federal investigators had just bought a 2007 Lexus ES 350 and were running it through a battery of tests at the government's Vehicle Research and Test Center in East Liberty, Ohio, when they noticed something funny with the electronic throttle control.

"The vehicle was rigged with monitors to root out possible causes of unwanted acceleration. The engineers, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, were testing yaw rate, speed, acceleration, brake pressure, brake pad temperature, throttle-plate position, gas-pedal position and the brake booster vacuum, among other things.

"And when they introduced magnetic fields in proximity to electronic controls for the throttle body and accelerator pedal, the engine mysteriously started revving by itself." Read more here.

The article is from within the auto industry itself and recites a lot of detail that convincingly explains that floor mats and gas pedal shims may not be the real fix for the problem at all, even though Toyota still insists it has found the problem.

Until federal safety investigators get finished going back over everything, including the things they missed years ago, Toyota owners can't be sure. They can only be careful.

If you've got a lemon Toyota, don't take a chance. Get a Burdge attorney and get rid of your lemon. It's what we do. Every day. Since 1978.

Burdge Law Office
Because life's too short to drive a car that won't stop.

Thursday

Toyota says the brakes in my Prius are bad too? What's next?

When it rains it pours. In Toyota's case, it just pours and pours and pours.


Bad enough all the grief over its gas pedal recall that it miraculously found out how to fix in only 7 days, bad enough the floor mat recall of millions of Toyota vehicles, and Lexus, is looking like another half-hearted attempt to sweep the problems under the rug (quite literally), but now even Toyota's green gem of the fleet, Prius, has come under fire.

AP News has reported that the Toyota Prius is now being repaired by dealers for brake issues that Toyota is claiming don't quite deserve a recall --- yet. But even Automotive News is saying that a recall on the green-badged eco vehicle will happen any day now.


It turns out that there's a computer software "glitch" in some Prius cars that affects the car's brakes. You hit the brakes and, for a moment (reportedly one full second), there are no brakes at all. Let's call that the "oh, crap" recall, folks, because that's the mild version of what the driver is undoubtedly thinking in that second of panic and fear when you don't know if the brakes are going to work at all.

Okay, so you bought a Toyota whose floor mat design can cause the car to accelerate beyond control, or was that a Toyota whose gas pedal design can allow it to stick with the throttel wide open (look out for that tree ahead), or you had one of those Toyotas that are talked about in the four boxes of secret evidence under seal at the Texas federal courthouse (where the former Toyota lawyer dropped them off and the criminal investigation is going on), or you wanted to "go green" so you bought one of the Prius cars and now you're waiting for the "oh, sh**" moment to strike.


It's enough to make you buy American again.


If you've got a lemon Toyota, don't put up with any runaround or any grief. Get a Burdge attorney. Getting rid of lemon Toyotas, and other lemons, is what we do. Every day. Since 1978.

Burdge Law Office
Because life's too short to own a lemon.
See what your state lemon law says here: www.NewCarLemonLaw.com

Wednesday

When Did Toyota Know its Gas Pedals Were Bad?

AutoBlog.com has some serious and bad news about Toyota, the company whose quality and safety-commitment has not been seriously questioned in more years than most can recall.

They quote the US Transportation Secretary, the same guy whose agency is in charge of all motor vehicle recalls in the US, as saying that it took enormous effort to get Toyota to go ahead with the recall involving the now-infamous gas pedal defect. To be blunt about it, he called Toyota "a little safety deaf."

For a company that has made literally billions off the backs of US citizens by selling them millions of cars and trucks, being a "little safety deaf" appears to be a long-standing problem.

Federal recall investigators and officials actually got on a plane and flew to Japan last December "to remind Toyota management about its legal obligations." He went on, "Since questions were first raised about possible safety defects, we have been pushing Toyota to take measures to protect consumers. ... it unfortunately took an enormous effort to get to this point."

Not surprisingly, Toyota has not only lost the confidence of thousands of its once-loyal owners, but that confidence transformed into a $21 Billion loss in market share in just one week. No wonder after a 5.3 million vehicle sudden acceleration-floor mat recall last fall that was followed up with a 2.3 million vehicle recall for sudden acceleration-sticking gas pedal recall last month. Top that off with another 1.1 million cars added to the dangerous floor mat recall, and top that off again with making the gas pedal recall go global.

What few recall however is that all of this recent mess follows on the heels of something much worse, allegations of deliberate hiding of damning evidence by Toyota involved in the deaths and injuries of Toyota drivers and their family members and contained within four mysterious boxes of documents that ex-Toyota lawyer Dimitrios Biller personally delivered to a Texas federal courthouse. Upon receipt, a federal judge issued an order for the boxes to be secured in a criminal fraud case, forbidding Toyota from touching them without "proper supervision."

Biller says that while working for Toyota, defending safety-related lawsuits brought against the automotive giant between 2003 to 2007, he found out that Toyota was concealing and destroying evidence it was required by law to keep and turn over and his supervisors ignored his complaints and alarms. Biller is quoted by Law.com as saying that "Key Toyota executives have conspired, and continue to conspire, to unlawfully withhold evidence from plaintiffs and obstruct justice in lawsuits throughout the United States."

Right now the media is focused on the recall mess but when they start digging deeper into Toyota, things could really get bad for the company.

It's no wonder thousands of consumers are wondering if they can trust Toyota's claim that it has suddenly, in the space of a single week, miraculously found the "fix" for the sudden acceleration gas pedal defect. At least one other has just said, perhaps with tongue in cheek, "it's just amazing what a good engineer can do when he puts his mind to it!"

If you've got a recalled Toyota, be careful out there. If you're from Ohio or Kentucky, you're not alone. If you're happy with your Toyota and how you've been treated, that's great. If not, there is something you can do about it. You may be entitled to make them buy your car back or get compensation.

Call us on our Toll Free number, 1.888.331.6422, or our direct dial number, 1.937.432.9500, or email us right now for a free case review at Susan@OhioLemonLaw.com. Getting rid of lemons is what we do. Every day. Since 1978.

Feds Say Don't Drive Your Toyota

The US Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, just said he is advising owners of the recalled Toyotas to stop driving them and wait for the repairs.

He testified minutes ago before the House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation and said his advice to owners was to "stop driving it. Take it to a Toyota dealer because they believe they have a fix."

This about-face remark came just hours after LaHood had told reporters that Toyota owners should just drive carefully and wait.

Meanwhile, reports are surfacing that cast doubt on Toyota's story, both about how long it has known of the problem and questioning if its "fix" will really fix the gas pedal runaway-acceleration defect. USA Today has been running daily articles that are worth taking the time to read carefully.

Until the dust settles, you should follow the federal government's advice and not drive you recalled Toyota at all. We recommend you call your nearest Toyota dealer and tell them to come get it and get it fixed and let you know when it is done.

Meanwhile, we have already started filing claims for Toyota owners who are stuck and expect to continue doing so in the near future.

If you've got a lemon Toyota with a gas pedal recall, or any other lemon, be careful. We can help. Call us Toll Free at 1.888.331.6422, or direct dial us at 1.937.432.9500, or email us at Susan@OhioLemonLaw.com.

Making manufacturers take back lemon cars and lemon trucks is what we do. Every day. Since 1978.

Tuesday

Is Toyota Closer to Fixing the Gas Pedal Recall

Maybe. Maybe not.

Toyota says they have found a solution and lots of woners are hoping so as they are stuck in neutral waiting to find out for sure. Is your Toyota safe to drive? And what should you do if the uncontrollable acceleration happens to you in the meantime? When will your dealer get the repair parts for the gas pedal recall?

Well, you have heard our version and have seen lots of everyone else's version in the press and on the internet in the last two weeks.

To read what Toyota is saying, click here: http://blogs.consumerreports.org/cars/2010/01/toyota-closer-to-accelerator-fix.html

It's a page by Consumer Reports that gathers all sorts of info on the gas pedal problem and what Toyota is saying and what other experts are thinking.

Meantime, if you have a recalled Toyota with the sudden acceleration defect, call us if you live in Ohio or Kentucky. We can tell you what to do. You may be able to get your money back or a new car or compensation.

Burdge Law Office
Because life's too short for unintended sudden acceleration.
By Toyota or anyone else.