Why Is Toyota Recalling 1.4 Million Vehicles Worldwide?
As 2018 ends, Toyota continues to recall vehicles with safety issues that could put consumers in danger. Just a few months ago, we brought you news of two Toyota recalls involving over 200,000 cars here in the U.S. Now, its latest recalls are bringing 1.4 million vehicles back to dealerships worldwide. If your car is one of these vehicles, your family could be in danger.
More Toyota Recalls Reveal Dangerous Defects
An electrical issue could prevent the airbags on certain Toyota vehicles from deploying in the event of a crash. This same defect could also cause these airbags to deploy inadvertently. Toyota has responded to this issue by recalling 17,000 Scion xA hatchbacks here in the U.S. The affected models were built between 2004 and 2006. The company is also recalling Allex, Avensis, Avensis Wagon, Corolla, Corolla Spacio, Corolla Verso, Corolla Fielder, Corolla RunX, Isis, ist, Sienta and Wish sold in Japan, Europe and other markets. Out of these models, only vehicles built between July 2002 and June 2015 are affected.
In addition to this recall, the automaker is also recalling Toyota 86 and Scion FR-S sport car models built between January 2012 and September 2013. These vehicles have a valve spring problem that could force engines to stall. At highway speeds, a stall could lead to dangerous crashes. Due to Subaru manufacturing these cars for Toyota, several Subaru models are also included in this recall. These models include the BRZ, Impreza, and Forester. Subaru also estimates a repair time of 12 hours for each vehicle. Affected owners should start receiving notices about these recalls in December.
The recalls include over 1.4 million vehicles across the world. Both manufacturers claim that they have not received reports of crashes, but this does not mean crashes have not happened. A full investigation is needed to determine if an auto accident was caused by a defect. If you suspect you have been in a crash caused by an auto defect, call an attorney immediately. Here at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., we have experience holding manufacturers responsible when their products harm consumers.
Co-founder and senior shareholder of our law firm, Philadelphia medical malpractice attorney Kenneth M. Rothweiler began his career as a legal clerk for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Dedicated to complex personal injury litigation, he has tried more than 100 jury trials. These cases resulted in some of the largest verdicts in Pennsylvania.