Police suspect accelerator or floor mat fault in 2008 Toyota Camry killed two in Utah accident

2008 Toyota Camry

Just as headlines concerning Toyota’s quality and safety started dying down, a new accident involving a 2008 Toyota Camry may bring the company back into the negative spotlight. Police suspect that problems with a Toyota Camry’s accelerator or floor mat caused a Utah crash that killed two people and injured two others.

Paul Vanalfen’s 2008 Camry crashed into a rock wall in Wendover on Nov. 5, killing him and passenger Charlene Lloyd.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Nathan Croft said that the Camry was a part of at least three recalls – two of which were voluntary and one which was mandatory. The mandatory recall and repair for a sticking accelerator pedal had been completed, said Croft.

Check out Toyota’s statement on the Wendover, Utah accident after the jump.

Several recent news reports have speculated on the causes of a fatal crash in Wendover, Utah that remains under investigation by local authorities. Toyota sympathizes with the friends and family of Paul VanAlfen and Charlene Lloyd, who were killed in the crash, and is working closely to support the Utah Highway Patrol with its accident investigation.

As with any such a case, it is important to allow the investigation to proceed before drawing any conclusions. Over the past year, on multiple occasions the initial reports on incidents involving Toyota vehicles have involved speculation and premature conclusions that proved to be inaccurate following a review of the facts.

It is in the best interests of all those involved in this case to ensure a thorough and complete review of the incident. Toyota remains committed to investigating reported incidents of unintended acceleration in our vehicles quickly, and will continue to work in close partnership with law enforcement agencies and federal regulators with jurisdiction over accident scenes whenever requested.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News