Toyota Announces Second Massive Recall Related to Vehicle Stall Issue
If you have ever been in a vehicle traveling down the freeway and had the power simply cut out so the vehicle stalls, you know that this is a terrifying experience. This type of vehicle malfunction can leave a motorist stranded in traffic lanes on the freeway with the inability to even turn on hazard lights so that other drivers are alerted that the vehicle is disabled. This scary scenario which creates a high risk of contributing to a car accident is a potential reality for some of the drivers of about 235,000 vehicles being recalled in the U.S. by Toyota®. The recall includes 133,000 Lexus® and Toyota® hybrid vehicles according to a news release by the vehicle manufacturer.
The recall, which covers approximately 53,000 Lexus® RX 400h and 77,000 Highlander® hybrids with model years from 2006-2010, is based on a product defect that may cause the vehicles to experience a loss of power or stall. The recall follows a recall for a similar problem involving hybrids manufactured by Toyota® in 2011.
The new release from Toyota® indicates that the recall was necessitated by the risk that transistors in the hybrid system could suffer heat damage generated by "variations in characteristics of the transistors' parallel circuits." Although the manufacturer news release announcing the recall indicates that the vehicle has a limp home mode to facilitate removing the vehicle from the roadway if it stalls, the release also indicates that the vehicle could completely lose power so that the limp home feature becomes unavailable. The 2011 recall that covered 82,000 Toyota Highlander® hybrids also was related to heat impacting the transistors.
Although the news release indicates that the company is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the vehicle defect that led to the recall, the potential danger of a vehicle completely losing power while moving at freeway speeds on a busy Georgia highway is easy to imagine. When a motorist is involved in a collision because of a vehicle defect, the manufacturer of the vehicle may be liable under product liability law. The potential liability of a vehicle manufacturer can be especially important when a negligent driver whose poor driving was also was a factor in causing a collision lacks insurance or does not have sufficient coverage to fully compensate a car accident victim.
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