Toyota, one of the world’s most trusted car manufacturers, shocked the world in 2009 and 2010 with recalls of more than 8 million vehicles. While Toyota is not the first, and certainly will not be the last, car manufacturer to issue recalls, the scope of the vehicle recalls has affected millions of Americans who have concerns about the safety of their vehicles and liability for accidents that have already happened in those vehicles. People who have been injured by defective Toyota products may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
Toyota May be Liable for Accidents in Recalled Vehicles
Toyota, like any other product manufacturer, may be responsible for injuries caused by its defective product. Generally, a motor vehicle may be found defective if one of the following occurred:
A car manufacturer can also be found liable for failing to warn consumers about known dangers that would not be obvious to the average consumer. However, the two types of defects described above are much more common in motor vehicle product liability cases.
In order to be successful in a motor vehicle product liability case, the plaintiff must prove that one of the above described types of defects occurred and that the defects were the cause of the victim’s injuries. Potential defendants include the car manufacturer, the parts manufacturer, the car dealership and/or the car repair shop.
The 2009 and 2010 Toyota recalls seem to indicate that the problem occurred in the original design and/or manufacturing of the vehicles. Therefore it is likely that Toyota and its part manufacturers may be potential defendants in product liability lawsuits arising from accidents in recalled Toyota vehicles.
Understanding Car Accident Liability
Most car accident lawsuits allege that a driver’s negligence was the cause of the injuries in the accident and that as a result the driver should be responsible for the damages caused in the accident. However, as explained above, motor vehicle accidents can also occur because of product defects rather than driver negligence. In those cases, it is not the driver who is held legally responsible but rather the persons, or company, responsible for the defect. It is, therefore, important to investigate whether a defect in the motor vehicle caused your injuries if you have been hurt in an accident with a recalled Toyota. You may be entitled to damages under a product liability theory of law if you were the driver of the Toyota or anyone else injured in the accident with the defective motor vehicle.
Injuries cost money, including time away from work, medical bills, and other complications. Before taking legal action or trying to negotiate a settlement on your own, you should talk to an attorney about your case. You can search LawInfo’s legal directory to find a local toyota brake pad recall attorney about the merits of your case. This one step can level the playing field, help you protect your rights, and put you in the best position for recovering the compensation that you deserve.
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