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Toyota Recalls More Vehicles; Family Moves Forward with Wrongful Death Suit

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling another 2.17 million vehicles in the United States due to accelerator pedals that could become jammed in carpeting or entrapped in floor mats, causing accidents or even wrongful death. More than half of these vehicles are in addition to massive Toyota recalls in 2009 to fix gas pedals getting trapped in the floor mat.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, “Toyota has now recalled more than 14 million vehicles globally over safety problems since 2009. U.S. regulators said earlier this month that electronic flaws were not to blame for reports of sudden, unintended acceleration.”

In spite of this finding and amidst additional Toyota recalls, a local family will continue to pursue a wrongful death in Illinois lawsuit against the company. The Chicago Tribune reports that “the family of Leon Przybylowski, a retired Streamwood truck driver who died last May at age 87 after his 2006 Corolla inexplicably accelerated though a South Elgin strip mall parking lot and into a brick wall…in October filed a wrongful death lawsuit — one of about 400 civil actions brought against Toyota — claiming defective electronics were at fault.”

The Przybylowski family’s wrongful death in Illinois lawsuit is just one of around 400 similar cases nationwide relating to the Toyota recalls.

Wrongful Death, Illinois
There may be more than one party who should be held liable for the wrongful death in Illinois of a loved one. It is important that you are represented by experienced wrongful death lawyers in Chicago that know how to pursue claims and will work to obtain the maximum recovery possible on your behalf.

The death of a loved one is never easy—particularly if his/her passing could have been prevented. You may, however, be able to hold the responsible parties financially liable.

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