Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner
Toyota’s woes continue. The Washington Post (7/30, Cha) reports that Toyota announced yesterday the recall of "412,000 Avalons and Lexuses for steering problems, bringing the number of cars recalled around the world since October to nearly 9 million. The 373,000 recalled Avalons, dating from between 2000 and 2004, have improperly cast steering lock bars that appear to have been a factor in three accidents reported to the company. This problem can cause what Toyota described as a ‘minute’ crack to develop on the surface. The crack, in turn, can break the bar and lock the steering wheel, increasing the risk of a crash." A smaller number of Lexus models "have a different steering shaft problem and no injuries have been reported related to this issue, Toyota said."
Bloomberg News (7/30, Ohnsman, Kitamura) adds, "Toyota also said it will recall 80,000 Land Cruisers for another problem involving steering shafts. The world’s largest automaker is working to improve quality following global recalls of more than 8 million cars and light trucks for defects linked to unintended acceleration," noting that the crisis resulted in a $16.4 million fine and pending auto safety legislation.
The Los Angeles Times (7/30, Hirsch, Times) adds that the "latest recalls bring the number of vehicles Toyota has recalled in the last year to about 9 million worldwide. That’s almost as many vehicles as were sold by all manufacturers in the US last year. … Toyota faces hundreds of lawsuits arising from its problems with sudden acceleration and sticking gas pedals and has been the target of intense scrutiny by federal safety regulators and Congress."
As an attorney who represents many people who have been injured as a result of defective vehicles, I will keep a close eye on these issues. In the meantime, if you own an Avalon or Lexus, I encourage you to immediately contact Toyota about potential defects.
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Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. He 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 automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple 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 Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2010)–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.
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