The automobile manufacturer must launch an investigation into all reports of people injured or affected by faulty equipment or defective vehicles
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 17, 2012
The Toyota Motor Corporation announced that it voluntarily carried out a Prius hybrid recall for its models in the United States. The recall was prompted when the automaker found that the Prius hybrid powertrain can involuntarily shut down. It also found that the vehicle suffers from defective steering. The auto accident lawyers at Cartwright Law explain the chain of events that led Toyota to recall their Prius hybrid cars.
The legal experts at Cartwright Law explain that the faulty steering in the Prius model was caused by a metal component in the steering system, which was found to wear out if the driver frequently turned the steering wheel completely to the right or left. A defect in the electric water pump was also discovered, which caused the hybrid powertrain to shut down. As a result, Toyota is recalling Prius models from 2004-2009, which will affect almost 3 million vehicles worldwide and 670,000 in the United States.
Robert Cartwright, Founder and Managing Partner of The Cartwright Law Firm, emphasizes that the lead up to an automobile recall is a critical time for the manufacturer in question. He explains, “The automobile manufacturer must launch an investigation into all reports of people injured or affected by faulty equipment or defective vehicles.” Once these reports are received, the manufacturer must create a plan to address the issues with their vehicle and notify the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of this plan within five business days. If any deviations from this protocol occur, NHTSA may levy severe civil penalties against the auto manufacturer, on top of any civil lawsuits brought by people injured by the defective vehicle. As a result of these reports about faulty Prius hybrid cars, Toyota voluntarily recalled the problematic models.
If you or a loved one has been affected by the faulty vehicle in question or want to learn more about your rights in such cases, contact the personal injury lawyers at Cartwright Law.
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In business for more than 50 years, The Cartwright Law Firm is nationally recognized as a leading authority in personal injury and wrongful death law. Led by attorney Robert E. Cartwright Jr., the firm provides individualized service to injury victims and employees throughout Northern California. Once Cartwright Law agrees to represent you as a client, they have the well-earned reputation for investing the resources, whether it is time or money, necessary to win your case.