The chilling 911 call is difficult to listen to when you understand what is happening to this Southern California family. The last words spoken were “Hold on and pray” as the Lexus they were driving in was accelerating out of control and they had no way to stop it.
Mark Saylor and his family were driving a loaner Lexus sedan while his own was in the shop. As they were all riding in the San Diego suburb of Santee, for some unknown reason, the accelerator began to stick causing the car to gather speed upwards of 120 mph. According to Sheriffs’ witnesses, the driver then hit another car traveling through the major intersection, then ran over a curb and through a fence before exploding upon impact.
A preliminary report has found that a recalled floor mat may be the culprit in this tragic accident. The all-weather floor mats were originally designed for Lexus vehicles for model years 2004 through 2009. The mats were recalled in 2007 after they were found to slide too far forward and trap the gas pedal; causing the driver to possibly lose control of the car’s acceleration.
Toyota USA sent out letters to all Lexus owners at the time the recall was announced but it is unclear which type of mats this loaner car had.
If you have been in a auto accident due to a defective product, you (or a family member) need to call an experienced California product liability lawyer immediately. Jim Ballidis, senior attorney at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie has been serving the Orange County community since 1975. Call us anytime at 1 888 752-7474.