Sudden Unintended Acceleration
The phenomenon of a car suddenly accelerating is generally referred to as sudden unintended acceleration, or SUA. Incidents of SUA have been reported since 1982 when several model years of Audi 5000s were recalled due to various claims of SUA that was linked six deaths and over 700 different accidents.
It goes without saying that a vehicle suddenly and unexpectedly accelerating out of control poses an extremely high risk of a collision or other accident, and manufacturers take claims of SUA very seriously.
Notable SUA Reports
Since the 1982-1987 Audi 5000 recalls, there have been various reports of sudden unintended acceleration. Some have proven to be unfounded, but others resulted in large recalls or settlements.
- 1988 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 1986 Honda Accords suffered from a defective Vehicle Speed Control component which resulted in SUA incidents.
- 1997 – The ABC News program, Primetime, reported on SUA incidents in Jeep Cherokees and Grand Cherokees.
- 2006 – Ford recalled the 2004 Mustang Cobra due to a defect causing the accelerator pedal to stick after being depressed.
- 2010 – Toyota recalled several popular models after widespread and greatly publicized incidents of SUA.
Manufacturers commonly attribute all incidents of SUA to driver error, but time and again recalls have resulting when mechanical problems are shown to be the root cause of the acceleration.
If you have been involved in an accident caused by the sudden unintended acceleration of your vehicle or another car you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for damages incurred by the accident. Contact the Wisconsin car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. by calling 800-242-2874 to discuss your case with a skilled and experienced attorney.