Toyota has received much negative press regarding the number of vehicle recalls it has issued throughout the years. In 2014, the company faced one of the largest vehicle recalls in history.
Most times, recalled vehicles present minor issues and pose little to no threat to their owners and other drivers. Vehicle owners who take the necessary steps to get their cars repaired in a timely manner usually can breathe easy once the work is done. However, some issues present themselves before auto manufacturers discover them. In these rare cases, the defects can cause serious or fatal accidents.
If you’ve suffered an injury because of a recalled Toyota, the attorneys at Hiden, Rott, & Oertle in San Diego will help you determine your legal options for pursuing damages. You may be able to recover compensation by joining a class action lawsuit, or by pursing a personal injury lawsuit against the auto manufacturer.
Reasons for Toyota Recalls
According to a timeline published by NBC News detailing Toyota recalls, in September of 2009, Toyota recalled 3.8 million U.S. vehicles because the floor mats could cause the accelerator to stick. In January of 2010, millions of more vehicles were recalled by Toyota for additional accelerator problems, and models including the Corolla, Highlander, and Camry were recalled.
In February of 2010, 437,000 Toyota Prius vehicles were recalled to correct brake problems. In the same month and year, Toyota also recalled 8,000 Toyota Tacoma trucks for problems with the front propeller shaft. In May of 2010, there were 3,800 Lexus LS sedans recalled to fix a steering problem within the vehicle.
Skipping ahead to June of 2014, Toyota announced that it is recalling 2.27 million cars globally because of a defect in the airbags that could cause fire, reported ABC News. In April of the same year, Toyota also recalled 6.39 million vehicles for a variety of problems.
According to a 2010 article published in the Huffington Post, defective Toyota vehicles had been responsible for 34 deaths from the gas pedal problem at the time of publish.
Recovering Compensation for a Defective Toyota
Safercar.gov, a website sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provides information for car owners regarding vehicle recalls. If you think that your vehicle may be involved in a recall, you can look up your vehicles make, model, and year using this service. It also offers a list of Toyota recalls up until 2012.
Toyota has been the target of hundreds of class action lawsuits over the years. If your Toyota vehicle has been involved in a recall, and if this recall has caused you economic harm, you may be able to join an existing class action lawsuit against the car manufacturing company.
If, on the other hand, you have been involved in an accident that was caused as a direct result of a defective Toyota vehicle or vehicle part, and if that accident has caused you injury, then you may be able to pursue a personal injury suit against Toyota using San Diego vehicle recall lawyers like Hiden, Rott, and Oertle.
Seek Legal Services
If you are the victim of a car accident that was caused by a defective and unsafe Toyota vehicle, or if your Toyota vehicle was involved in a recall that caused you to suffer economic loss, then you may be eligible for compensation.
The San Diego class action attorneys at Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP are familiar with both personal injury law and vehicle recalls, and can help you to pursue a compensation. For more information about how to file your claim and to get started immediately, call us today at 619-296-5884.