by Tim O’Hare
Toyota has issued a recall of 6.5 million vehicles worldwide — about two-thirds of their annual global production — for a faulty window switch. The defect in power window switches could short-circuit leading to a fire. In one incident related to the recall, a motorist reported a hand burn.
About 2 million vehicles in the U.S. are affected by the recall, including: the 2009-2011 Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, and Scion xB; 2008-2011 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid; 2006-2011 RAV4; 2006-2010 Yaris; 2009-2010 Scion xD; and 2007 and 2009 Camry and Camry Hybrid.
While the latest Toyota recall is widespread, the issue is relatively minor and has not lead to any known serious injuries or deaths. However, the recall does bring to light the importance of consumers being aware of recalls on their vehicles — and being provided the necessary information and repairs to ensure the vehicles they drive are safe.
Common car defects requiring recalls
According to the NHTSA, some of the most common defects that may lead to a vehicle recall include:
- Problems with accelerator pedals or brake mechanisms freezing suddenly
• Airbags failing to deploy properly
• Malfunction or break of steering parts that cause loss of control of the vehicle
• Fuel leaks and problems with wiring that may lead to a fire
• Faulty or defective tires
Remedies for a recalled vehicle
If you own a car that has recently been recalled, you may be entitled to legal remedies including economic damages, manufacturer reimbursement, class action lawsuits (if the recall has affected enough consumers) and personal injury recovery.
If you have been injured due to a defect with your vehicle, you may be entitled to recover financial losses associated with your injury. Furthermore, if you have lost a loved one due to a vehicle defect, you may be entitled to financial restitution.
Though no amount of money can replace a loved one, or even cover the true losses associated with a severe physical injury, all automakers must be held accountable. The GM issue reaffirms that the safety of vehicles manufactured should be the top priority of any automaker.
If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member in a car accident caused by a vehicle defect or recalled car, contact The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare to speak with a Dallas and Ft. Worth personal injury attorney.
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