Toyota recently announced that it was recalling over 2.4 million hybrid vehicles over a problem that could cause crashes. This announcement comes only a month after another recall affecting hybrids. That recall was announced in September after the company discovered a wiring problem that could cause fires. In 2016, the company recalled 3.37 million vehicles over problems with air bags and a fuel emission control unit.
The most recent recall affects several models of the Toyota Prius and the Toyota Auris. The affected vehicles were produced between October 2008 and November 2014. The company said that the cars that were recalled had already been recalled in 2014 and 2015 but the previous recall did not anticipate the new condition that was identified in this recall.
The problem that was discovered arises when the cars do not enter failsafe driving mode as they are supposed to. When that happens, the vehicle may lose power and stall. Fortunately, if that happens, the braking and power steering would still work, but if the vehicle was travelling at a high rate of speed and stalled, that could increase the odds of a crash. Toyota has reported three malfunctions related to the issue, but fortunately no accidents occurred.If an accident does occur because of a vehicle defect and someone is injured, the individual has a right to compensation from the vehicle’s manufacturer. Car companies have an obligation to make safe vehicles that operate as intended, and if they fail to do so and someone is injured as a result, that person can seek compensation from the company. If you have been injured by a defective vehicle, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today or visit our Facebook page to learn more about the firm.