When a product that is made available to the public is discovered to pose a health or safety risk to consumers, the product can be recalled. These actions result in the company or a federal regulatory agency removing the product from the market.
Toyota is once again recalling their vehicles. They have recalled more than 800,000 vehicles in the United States because their air bags or power steering could stop working.
The most recent recall applies to the 2012 and 2013 Camry and Camry hybrid, Avalon and Avalon hybrid, and the Venza models.
The company has said that water from the air conditioning condenser can leak onto the air bag control module and cause a short circuit. This could illuminate the air bag warning light, disable the air bag or cause the air bags to deploy inadvertently.
In addition, the power steering assist function could become inoperable if the air bag control module is damaged, making the vehicles harder to steer.
Toyota has received two reports of minor injuries, but no defect related accidents. Toyota dealers will repair the problem free of charge.
Serious injury by consumer products can prompt agencies to recall a product – your injury may be the one that tips the scale for a product recall.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured while driving your Toyota, you should contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck to discuss your options and legal rights.
We at Welebir | Tierney are experienced, dedicated trial lawyers, and if your case goes to trial, you can be sure that we know how to deal with the biases that you might face from some jurors who believe that government standards can keep ussafe. We have built a reputation on helping personal injury victims, and we have the experience you need when it comes to handling a defective product case.