New Announcement on Toyota, Honda Airbag Recall
Several automakers have been battling bad publicity, government investigations, and legal action stemming from defective Takata airbags for years, but they could soon face additional fallout through another setback. According to an NBC News report, Toyota issued a recall on January 21, 2020 covered 3.4 vehicles globally because of a flaw in airbags manufactured by TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. Some statistics suggest that up to eight deaths and numerous injuries have resulted from the defective component, though the official investigation continues.
Whether you were hurt or lost a loved one because of a dangerous, defective product, the implications for your life could be considerable. The good news is that you may be able to recoup your losses, and a Florida products liability attorney can help with the legal process. However, you might find it useful to review some background information.
Details Regarding the Latest Recall: In making its announcement, Toyota stated that the recall was due to an electronic defect that resulted in some airbags not deploying in a crash. Basically, the electrical disturbance created by a collision was preventing the airbag control unit from recognizing an impact. In the US, 2.9 million vehicles are affected, including models of Corolla, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid, and Matrix manufactured in recent, designated years.
The background of Toyota’s recall dates back to April 2019, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began investigating multiple fatalities caused by “electrical overstress.” The probe covered more than 12 million vehicles with the TRW airbag control unit, including those produced by Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Mitsubishi.
Rights of Victims Injured by Defective Products: Whether it’s a flawed airbag or other defective product that caused bodily harm, your legal options are generally the same. Most of these cases proceed under the theory of strict liability, which means you don’t have to prove that the manufacturer was negligent in allowing a dangerous product to be sold. Instead, you must show:
- The existence of a defect;
- The defect was the direct cause of your injuries; and,
- The defect made the product unreasonably dangerous when used as it was intended.
Note from this description that you don’t necessarily need to prove that a product was recalled, either by the manufacturer or by the federal government. While these facts may be important evidence in showing that the item was defective under element #1, a recall doesn’t automatically entitle you to compensation. All elements of strict liability are essential to recovering monetary damages for your medical costs, pain, suffering, and other losses.
Consult with an Ocala, FL Products Liability Attorney About Your Options
For more information about your legal rights as the victim of a defective airbag or any other dangerous product, please contact the Ocala personal injury attorneys at Piccin & Glynn to set up a free case evaluation. You can reach our offices in Ocala, FL by calling (866) 225-6459 or visiting us online. Once we have a chance to review your unique circumstances, we can discuss strategies to get the compensation you deserve.