The Bad News Continues for Toyota: 1.7 Million Vehicles Recalled Because of Fuel Leaks


February 02, 2011

There is a familiar axiom that "no publicity is bad publicity," but Toyota might dispute that claim at this point. The bad news just keeps on coming for Toyota who just recalled 1.7 million vehicles worldwide because of fuel leaks. This is just another product defect issue with Toyota vehicles, which has seen the company's reputation suffer badly from repeated recalls and lawsuits related to product safety issues. This latest recall follows a series of recalls which now covers more than 12 million cars and trucks.

This new recall presents another blow to the reputation of Toyota in the wake of the prior widespread recalls involving defective floor mats and gas pedals that get stuck as well as faulty headlights on the Prius that suddenly shut off without warning. If you have been involved in a car accident caused by a product defect in your Toyota, Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, can help you as it has many others injured by defective products throughout Georgia.

The current recall, which includes 245,000 Lexus models sold in the U.S., is because of a product defect that could cause a fuel leak. The recall applies to the following vehicles:

• Lexus GS 300/350 for years 2006 and 2007

• Lexus IS250 for years 2006 through the beginning of 2009

• Lexus IS350 for years from 2006 to the beginning of 2008

The defect in the vehicle has been traced to a fuel pressure sensor that can come loose. The sensor is on a pipe that provides gas to the engine of the vehicle. If the sensor becomes loose enough it may eventually result in a gas leak. Toyota has agreed to replace the defective sensor, which means either tightening the sensor or replacing a gasket. Toyota may also extend existing warranties.

While there have been no auto accidents or injuries reported from this defect as yet, this is not true for other recent Toyota defects that pose serious auto accident risks. Toyota just agreed to settle a class action suit involving defective Prius headlights that were prone to suddenly turn off as the car was being driven. While Toyota has also agreed to repair this defect, unsuspecting motorists could find themselves driving 70 mph on the freeway in pitch black when their headlights turn off. This serious product defect in the Prius could result in serious Georgia car accidents before owners learn about the recall or have the problem fixed.

The defective floor mat defect has been covered extensively in the media as it has resulted in a number of serious car crashes and unintended acceleration lawsuits. Toyota halted sales of eight vehicle models in the U.S. a year ago because of car accidents caused by unintended acceleration problems. The decision to stop selling the models in the U.S. has resulted in termination of all sales of many models of Toyota manufactured vehicles in the U.S. Toyota also settled a lawsuit for $10 million in late December over a San Diego crash last year that resulted in the death of four people. There are currently other lawsuits throughout the U.S. pending over Toyota sudden acceleration accidents.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Toyota sudden acceleration accident or other accident involving a product defect in your Toyota, contact Montlick and Associates to learn about your rights, and how we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, represents clients throughout Georgia who have suffered serious injuries or wrongful death in Toyota sudden acceleration car accidents and other Toyota product liability related auto accidents. Our experienced Georgia product liability auto accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24 hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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