On Wednesday, June 29th, Toyota Motor Corp has recalled 3.37 million cars around the world over possible defects. 2.87 million cars have been recalled for a potential fault in emissions control units, while 1.43 million involved problems with the air bag inflators.
A number of Toyota’s Prius models contain both of the potential defects. In addition to the Prius models, Corolla, Zelas, Lucus, Auris, Lexus HS250h, and Lexus CT200h made from April 2006 to August 2015 were susceptible to cracks that could expand over time and result in fuel leaks.
Prius models and Lexus CT200h cars produced from October 2008 to April 2012 experienced issues with air bag inflators which could have a minor crack in a weld that could result to the inflator chambers separating. This could lead to the inflator to partially inflate and enter the vehicle interior, which increases the risk of injury.
Autolive Inc, an auto safety gear maker based out of Sweden, supplies the airbags involved in the Toyota recall. The company stated that it was aware of seven incident where a side curtain airbag partially inflated while the Toyota Prius cars were parked.
However, no injuries have been linked to either issue. Last year, airbag maker Takata, recalled about 18 million vehicles over faulty airbags. At least five deaths have been associated with the faulty airbags.
If you have any one of these Toyota car models and experienced a product defect that caused a serious injury or even death, contact The Moore Law Firm immediately. Schedule a free initial consultation with our Cincinnati personal injury lawyer today.