Toyota Motor Corporation is recalling a total of 6.39 million vehicles worldwide – including 2.34 million in the United States – for five different defects. Although none of these defects have been linked to car accidents or deaths so far, Toyota is aware of two fires that were caused by a defective starter.
The models affected by the recall span production dates from April 2004 through August 2013, and include:
- Toyota RAV4
- Toyota Corolla
- Toyota Matrix / Pontiac Vibe
- Toyota Viz / Subaru Trezia
- Toyota Yaris
- Toyota Tacoma and Hilux (pick-up trucks)
- Toyota Reiz
- Toyota Fortuner
- Toyota Innova
- Land Cruiser Prado
- Toyota Camry
This latest set of recalls follows a $1.2 billion settlement last month in a case that involved a U.S. criminal concealing information from safety regulators about the sudden acceleration defects that led to five deaths in 2009 and 2010.
Only two of the five defects that led to this latest batch of recalls involve cars sold in North America: (1) defective airbags, and (2) seats that don’t lock in place. The other three defects – loose steering column brackets, defective windshield wiper motors, and starter motor fire hazards – only involve Asian and European vehicles.
If you have been seriously injured by a defective vehicle, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. today or call (614) 766-2000 to schedule a free case evaluation with our experienced Ohio car accident attorneys. We can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.