Toyota Recalls Over 300,000 Vehicles due to Airbag Defect
The Breakdown on Toyota National Recall
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.
List of recalls to day for 2008 Toyota Rav 4 can be found at cars.com https://www.cars.com/research/toyota-rav4-2008/recalls/
How Do Faulty Products Cause Injury?
Faulty products can cause injuries in various ways, including sudden acceleration or braking due to defective electronic throttle control systems, malfunctioning airbags that deploy too quickly or unexpectedly, and a wide range of other design or manufacturing defects. All these issues can lead to serious injury and even death.
Faulty Product Injury in the Unites States
In the United States, all consumer products must meet safety standards as set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). When a product fails to comply with these standards, and a consumer is injured as a result, they may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage and other losses.
When a company fails to provide consumers with a safe product, or if the product does not perform as advertised, those injured may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer.
If you have been injured by a defective product in Nevada, contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you determine if you are eligible for damages.
A lawyer can also work with you to ensure that the responsible party is held accountable and that your legal rights are fully protected. Contact a Nevada personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an injury to get started on your case.
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 702-570-0000.