Written by Faith Anderson on February 5, 2013
Safety Issues Lead to Two Recalls
According to the Toyota recall, the affected vehicles could develop a short in the supplemental restraint system (SRS) circuits because they were manufactured with faulty application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), which are susceptible to internal shorting. This can lead to increased heat and an abnormal current flow, which could damage the circuits and cause the airbags to inadvertently deploy. So far, the issue with the Toyota airbags has been linked to two car accidents and 18 injuries. A second safety recall involves the front windshield wipers on certain Lexus IS vehicles, where the wiper arm might not be tight enough. If wiper movement is restricted by an external load, such as heavy snow on the windshield, one or both wipers could stop working properly.
A Knowledgeable Attorney Can Help You File a Claim
Toyota announced in its recall that owners of the affected vehicles will receive a mail notification in the near future, at which point the vehicle can be taken to a Toyota or Lexus dealer for repairs at no charge to the vehicle owner. This latest Toyota recall is the third issued by the car company since October to involve more than one million cars. If you have suffered injuries in an incident that you believe to be associated with a faulty auto part like a defective airbag, consult a knowledgeable attorney in your area to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturing company, in order to seek financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills. With a qualified lawyer on your side, you can hold the allegedly negligent party liable for your injuries and pursue the compensation you are entitled to.