What Does the Latest Toyota Recall Mean for Prius Drivers?

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Toyota has announced another recall for defective auto parts. The Japanese automaker has issued multiple recalls over the past few months. First, several hundred thousand Toyota vehicles were added to the infamous Takata recall. Then in February, a class action suit was filed against the company for crashes caused by Prius models stalling at high speeds. Now, the manufacturer is launching two more recalls just days apart. The subject of these recalls could have serious safety ramifications.

Why Prius Owners Should Worry About the Latest Toyota Recall

At the end of August, Toyota recalled almost 20,000 2012 model-year Avalon vehicles. These vehicles are suspected of having a defect that doesn’t properly indicate if a seatbelt is buckled. This can lead to the car’s airbags failing to deploy during a crash. Passengers have an increased risk of severe injury or death. However, this recall was tiny compared to the Prius recall announced just a week later.

Around 192,000 Prius models that were sold in the U.S. are being called back to dealerships all over the country. Exposed wiring could cause these vehicles to short circuit and catch fire. The defect affects 2016-2018 model-year Prius and C-HR compact SUVs, which comes out to a total of over 1 million vehicles worldwide. However, only 192,000 of those affected vehicles were sold in the United States.

Car owners are being asked to bring their vehicles in to have the faulty part replaced or wrapped with electrical tape. However, there are still concerns about whether anyone was hurt by fires caused by this defect.

With so many dangerous defects being discovered in these Toyota vehicles, contacting an attorney may be necessary for any injured parties. This company could be responsible for any injuries inflicted by these defective parts. However, investigating the incident is the only way to prove that a defective part caused harm. The attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., have experience with lawsuits involving auto defect injuries.