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Toyota Recalls 400k Defective Prius and Other Hybrid Cars

Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 9-Feb-2010

Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner

                                                                                                                    

Earlier today Toyota announced a global recall of more than 400,000 Prius and other hybrid vehicles due to defects in the braking system of the vehicles. "Toyota President Akio Toyoda used extraordinary language at a press conference here to apologize for quality and safety issues that have led to the recall of more than 7 million vehicles in recent months. He repeated three times that Toyota was neither failure-proof nor ‘omnipotent,’ and he said that his company would now ‘redouble our commitment to quality as the lifeline of our company,’" according to the Washington Post. 

The defect causes delays in the braking capacity of the recalled vehicles while on icy or bumpy roads.  The recall applies to "223,000 hybrids sold in Japan, along with 133,000 Prius cars and 14,500 Lexus HS250h vehicles in the United States. Nearly 53,000 Priuses are also being recalled in Europe. It begins in Japan on Wednesday and in the United States ‘as soon as possible,’ the company said, and as reported by the Post.

If you own a Toyota that has been recalled, you should stop driving it and get t to a dealer for repair immediately.  To learn more about this recall, visit Toyota’s website.

I have blogged about Toyota recalls previously.  To read my previous posts, please select the following links:

Again, if you own a model affected by the recalls, please have your vehicle inspected.  It could be a matter of life and death.

Travel safely.

 

About the author:

Mr. Zambri is a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a "Big Gun" and among the "top 1%" of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area.  The magazine also describes him as "one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers" who specializes in personal injury matters, including serious truck and car collisions. He has successfully litigated numerous cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners.  His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been named a "Super Lawyer" by Law and Politics magazine–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.  

Mr. Zambri is regularly asked to give presentations to lawyers and businesses regarding product defects, automobile accident litigation, and safety improvements.

Mr. Zambri has authored an article regarding how automobile collision cases are evaluated.  To read it, please click here.

To read an article published by one of Mr. Zambri’s clients, who was injured in a tragic automobile collision, please click here.

Many Americans are killed or critically injured each year in vehicular collisions.  If you want more information about your legal rights, please email Mr. Zambri at szambri@reganfirm.com or call him at 202-822-1899.

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