A few days ago, Toyota issued a recall that affects around 645,000 of their vehicles throughout numerous models and years. Although this comes on the heels of a recently expanded recall by the Takata company (maker of many Toyota airbags), the most recent recall from Toyota does not seem to relate to the ongoing Takata scandal and is instead an entirely different hazard that Toyota owners should stay aware of.
On Wednesday, October 15th, Toyota Motor Company announced a recall of nearly 2 million vehicles. The company, based in Japan, said that it would recall 1.67 million vehicles world-wide. According to the company, some vehicles experience brake failure or poor brake performance. This is due to faults in the master cylinder of the braking system, and other related, unspecified defects.
Toyota recently announced a recall that affects more than 261,000 vehicles sold in North America and abroad to address a brake problem that could result in increased risk of accidents for the affected vehicles. The recall involves 261,114 Lexus RX crossover vehicles, Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks and RAV4 sport utility vehicles. Toyota reports that the brake problems are caused by an electrical component within the brake actuator that adjusts the fluid pressure for each of the brakes on the affected vehicles. Toyota says that in some cases, improper fluid pressure causes increased resistance to the brake pedal.
Toyota recall lawyers across the country are closely monitoring developments in the most recent recalls affecting Toyota vehicles. A company that spent decades building a reputation for quality and dependability has experienced some high-profile setbacks in recent years as one recall after another has buffeted the brand. Toyota reports that the most recent recalls involve defective airbags and windshield wiper arms. The automaker is recalling over one million vehicles to address the problems, with the airbag recall affecting more than 752,000 vehicles.
Late December brought important news for people who filed claims against Toyota Motor Corp. for accidents, injuries and deaths in connection with sudden, unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles. Earlier this month, we blogged about a $17.35 million fine filed against Toyota by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration for reacting slowly to floor mat problems in some Lexus vehicles. That fine has now been dwarfed by a record $1 billion payout by Toyota to settle hundreds of lawsuits filed by owners who said that the value of their Toyota vehicles plummeted after the automaker issued recalls to correct unintended acceleration problems. The settlement came as a surprise to James O. Cunningham and other Orlando Toyota recall accident attorneys, as it is unprecedented in its size. It is the largest in U.S. history that involves product liability in automobiles.
Toyota Motor Corp., which has already paid record fines in connection with well-documented problems with sudden, unintended acceleration in its vehicles, has been ordered to pay another $17.35 million by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA regulators ordered Toyota to pay the fine for not recalling Lexus RX 350s and RX 450h sport-utility vehicles quickly after learning that floor mats in these vehicles could jam the gas pedal and cause sudden acceleration.
Toyota is expected to announce another recall in the near future, but the company has not yet made the recall officials, as they are still formulating a plan to fix the problem. Responding to concerns from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Toyota is expected to recall around 778,000 RAV4 and Lexus HS 250h models for problems with rear suspension failures. Orlando Toyota recall accident attorney James O. Cunningham is monitoring developments in this recall very closely, as these failures can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles.
A panel of analysts assembled by Toyota Motor Corporation last year to identify problems that led to the recall of more than 14 million Toyota vehicles found several flaws in the way the company addresses consumer complaints. Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater was one of seven members on the panel, and he headed the investigation that presented its findings recently. Many of the flaws the panel discovered stemmed from Toyota’s tendency to dismiss consumer complaints and a lack of clear procedure for handling safety problems. Regular readers of this blog will remember that Toyota’s safety problems involving floor mats, sticking accelerators and sudden, unintended acceleration have led to lots of auto accidents here in the U.S. and around the world that have killed and injured hundreds of people.
A federal investigation into Toyota’s well-documented safety problems in many of its most popular models found no evidence of electronic flaws to explain numerous reports of sudden, uncontrolled and unintended acceleration and other problems. Government safety investigators issued their much-anticipated report recently and stated that the causes of the problems were mechanical in nature and that Toyota has addressed them in recent recalls.
Toyota Motor Company announced a new recall recently that affects nearly 1.7 million of their luxury Lexus models. The problem is due to two fuel leak problems. The larger recall affects 1.3 million Lexus sedans sold in Japan, 225,000 sold in the U.S. and 10,000 sold in Europe. The recall concerns the improper installation of a fuel pressure sensor. In some cases, the sensor has vibrated loose, allowing fuel to leak into the engine compartment and create a serious fire hazard. The models sold in the U.S. that are affected by the recall include the following: