According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),
Toyota is initiating a nationwide recall of approximately 307,848 Toyota
Highlanders, Highlander Hybrids, and RAV4s as the result of a defect in
the Curtain Shield Airbag (CSA) system. The recall is to begin in May.
Toyota is recalling 307,848 potentially affected model year 2008 Highlander,
Highlander Hybrid, and model year 2007-2008 RAV4 vehicles due to a malfunction
that could cause inadvertent airbag deployment and/or seat belt pretensioner
activation. The CSA contains two sensors which detect vehicle roll angle,
however one or both of these sensors can malfunction, causing the airbag
warning light to turn on, the side airbag to deploy unpredictably, and/or
the activation of the seat belt pretensioner. The latter two could potentially
cause injury to occupants and/or cause a motor-vehicle accident if the
vehicle is in motion at the time.
Nevada residents who own the affected vehicles will be notified with instructions
by Toyota when sufficient parts and solution become available. Toyota
will replace the defective airbag sensor assembly with one containing
improved roll rate sensors, at no cost. When notified, Nevada owners should
immediately follow Toyota’s instructions in order to prevent injuries.
It is the duty of auto manufacturers to provide consumers with safe and
fully functional vehicles. However, this is not always the case. If you
or a loved one has sustained an injury as the result of a defective auto
product or as the result of a traffic accident caused by an auto defect,
you may be entitled to compensation. At Shook & Stone, our knowledgeable
Las Vegas product liability lawyers help injured victims hold negligent
parties accountable for medical bills, lost wages,
pain and suffering, and other losses. Contact us today for a free consultation at (888) 662-2013.