Largest Ever Toyota Recall; 7.5 Million Vehicles Due to Fire Hazard
On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, Toyota Motor Corp. announced the recall of 2.5 million vehicles sold in the United States and 5 million sold worldwide to fix a faulty power window switch that has been linked to nine injuries and several hundred reports of smoke and fire.
In one incident, a passenger in a Camry was burned while trying to use a loose article of clothing to put out a fire caused by the defective switch. Operators driving the vehicles with the faulty switch may become distracted by a smoking or burning switch and divert their attention from the road in front of them to the fire, leading to accidents. The recall comes just after Toyota was recovering from its massive 2010 recall of vehicles for sudden-acceleration problems and other safety defects.
The United States recall includes the 2007 to 2009 Rav4, Tundra, Camry and Camry Hybrid, as well as the 2008 to 2009 Scion xD, Scion xA, and Sequoia. Also included in the recall are the 2007 and 2008 Yaris, the 2008 Highlander and Highlander Hybrid, and the 2009 Corolla and Matrix.
PRESERVATION OF EVIDENCE
If you have one of the Toyota models with the defective switches and have not suffered injuries or gotten into an accident due to them, you are instructed to go to an authorized Toyota dealership to have the problem fixed. If, however, you have suffered serious injuries or gotten into an accident because of a fire emanating from the defective power window switch, you are advised to contact a product liability attorney or personal injury attorney before getting the problem fixed so that the vehicle can be inspected and the power window assembly examined by experts to determine whether the switch was indeed faulty and the cause of your injuries or accident.
PRODUCT LIABILITY AND MANUFACTURER RESPONSIBILITY
A manufacturer, importer, distributor, or retailer of a defective product that causes injury or death may all be held legally responsible (“liable”) for the injuries or death. Unlike cases involving the need to prove carelessness (“negligence”) on the part of the person or company that inflicted the harm (such as an automobile running a red light), product liability does not require proof that anyone did anything wrong, i.e., was negligent other than the fact that the product was in itself either by design or manufacture defective.
The manufacturer and others involved in the “stream of commerce” – the importer, distributor, and retailer – is held “strictly liable” for injuries caused by its defective product that is dangerous because of a defect in its design or manufacture when it is being used in its intended or a foreseeable use.
DON’T THROW AWAY DOCUMENTATION
If you have been injured by a defective product, do not throw away any document, instructions, warnings, etc. you have related to the product. Also, do not throw away any documents related to your medical treatment and/or funeral expenses. If you have receipts, invoices, medical bills, mortuary bills, you will need them to prove damages – i.e., the amount of money you are entitled to. You may have a valid claim and you should immediately contact an attorney for an evaluation of your potential case.
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