2012 Toyota Prius 2

2012 Toyota Prius

Toyota has announced that it will recall 3.37 vehicles globally, because of two separate defects – one for defective side air bags and one for an emissions control unit issue.  Approximately 932,000 vehicles involved in the airbag recall are also effected by the emissions control unit recall.

The first recall affects 1.43 million Prius hybrids, Prius plug-ins, and Lexus CT200h vehicles manufactured between October 2008 and April 2012.  The problem is with defective side curtain airbag inflators that were installed on both the driver and passenger sides of the affected vehicles.  Sweden-based auto safety maker Autoliv Inc created the airbag inflators involved in the recall; not Takada who has been under the microscope with massive recalls affecting tens of millions of vehicles.  A small crack in the inflators has been discovered that may expand, which causes the air bags to partially inflate.  Toyota is aware of seven incidents where a side curtain airbag has partially inflated in the affected vehicles.  This recall affects Prius hybrids, Prius plug-ins, and Lexus CT200h vehicles manufactured between October 2008 and April 2012.  Approximately 495,000 of the affected vehicles are in North America.

Click here to read the full Reuters article:  Toyota recalls 3.37 million cars over airbag, emissions control issues

The second recalls affects Prius models, Corolla, and Lexus HS250h and CT200h vehicles that were manufactured from April 2006 through August 2015.  None of the 2.87 million vehicles affected by this recall are in North America.  The recall stems from the evaporative fuel emission control units, which are more susceptible to cracks.  These cracks can lead to fuel leaks within the vehicle, increasing the risk of a fire.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings. In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection. In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition. We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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