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Toyota Announces New Recalls Affecting One Million Vehicles

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on January 31, 2013

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.

In a recent letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Toyota reported that the airbag recall affects 2003-2004 models of the Corolla (604,000), Corolla Matrix (148,000) and the Pontiac Vibe (136,000), a mechanical sibling of the Matrix, due to susceptibility to an electrical short that could cause the airbags to trigger without colliding with anything. According to the report, Toyota claims that the airbag control module can suffer a short circuit “when exposed to high inductive electrical noise from various vehicle electrical components.” Toyota plans to have dealerships install a noise filter to resolve the problem.

The second recall affects 270,000 Lexus IS models. Toyota reports that a nut on the windshield wiper arm may not be tight enough to remain in place and that, if it comes loose, one or both windshield wipers can stop moving if they experience resistance such as pushing snow, hail or other solid precipitation out of the way. This recall affects the following Lexus models:

  • 2006-12 IS 250 and IS 350
  • 2010-12 IS 250C and IS 350C
  • 2008-11 IS-F

Toyota describes these recalls as voluntary. Once an automaker is aware of a safety problem, it is required by law to inform the NHTSA of the problem and its plan to implement a recall within five business days or face a civil fine.

If you or a member of your immediate family has been injured in an accident caused by the defective parts involved in this recall or any of the other Toyota recalls in recent years, you may be entitled to seek damages. If you would like to consult with an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney to learn more about your rights and legal options, call Mr. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587). He has law offices conveniently located throughout Central Florida and can meet with you at the office closest to you. Call today to get an effective Florida Toyota recall lawyer on your side!

James O. Cunningham

James O. CunninghamSince 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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