If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of a Toyota design defect, GJEL Accident Attorneys are available f0r a free, no-obligation consultation to answer any questions about a possible lawsuit.

Why consider GJEL to represent you against Toyota:

  • GJEL was featured on the 2009 cover of “San Francisco’s Best Lawyers” Magazine and we are consistently rated among the top auto accident and personal injury firms nationwide by our peers and major independent legal authorities.
  • We’ve represented clients in injury and wrongful death cases against some of the largest corporations in the world, including General Motors, Merck, and Sulzer AG.
  • Our investigators and accident reconstruction specialists are tops in their fields and we put them to work on your case immediately.
  • We give each client the time and attention necessary to get the most out of his or her case.
  • You’ll always have access to your lawyer and will never be pushed off onto a case-worker or paralegal. In fact, we can put you in touch with your lawyer within minutes of your first call or e-mail.
  • We’re a known authority and teach other firms and lawyers. Our attorneys are frequent authors, lecturers, and consultants in the field of personal injury law.
  • We only win if our clients win. No matter how complex the case, clients pay nothing until we recover money for them.

If you or someone you love has been hurt in a runaway accident involving one of these recalled Toyota models, please give us a call at 1-800-840-2111. We’d be happy to help you with you case.


Design flaws in both floor mats and gas pedals of certain Toyota models have prompted widespread voluntary recalls by Toyota. These defects have resulted in many serious injury and wrongful death accidents in which the driver is unable to stop the vehicle before a collision at top speed. The LA Times reports that the design flaws in the recalled Toyota models are responsible for 34 deaths in the U.S. so far. A staggering number.

More about the recalls:

In November 2009, Toyota recalled 4.3 million vehicles due to a defective driver’s side floor mat. The floor mat has a tendency to slide forward jamming the accelerator in the open position making it impossible for the driver to stop.
The January 2010 recall is in response to a malfunction of the gas pedal in certain Toyota models. In these cases, the electronic throttle mechanism becomes worn causing the vehicle to accelerate uncontrollably.

Both the floor mat and gas pedal defects in these recalled Toyota models have resulted in runaway vehicle accidents that have caused serious injury and in several cases death.

On August 29, 2009 in San Diego County, four people were killed when a floor mat got caught on a gas pedal in a 2009 Lexus ES 350. The driver was a California Highway Patrol Officer named Mark Saylor. With three family members on board, the driver’s side floor mat became wedged beneath the gas pedal and the car began to accelerate uncontrollably. The car reached a speed of 120 mph before hitting an SUV. Saylor and his family who were riding with him were all died tragically in the crash. This is the accident that brought the Toyota defects to light.

We continue to monitor this case very closely; links to coverage from our blog follow below: