Last Thursday, Toyota announced it is recalling nearly half a million cars, most of them large sedans sold in the U.S., for problems that can cause the steering wheel to lock up. This is the latest sign that the automaker is still struggling with vehicle problems even as it works to overhaul quality control. This latest recall will affect 373,000 Avalon sedans and 39,000 Lexus LX 470 SUVs. The recall is Toyota’s largest since announcing it would fix 600,000 Sienna minivans over rusting spare tire holders in April.
Since October, Toyota has recalled about 9.5 million cars and trucks in the U.S. This means that of the 24.1 million vehicles Toyota has sold in the U.S. since 1998, about 39 percent have been recalled by the company! Additionally, the federal government has slapped Toyota with a record $16.4 million fine for failing to promptly tell the government about its car defects.
If you have been injured in an auto accident, due to a defective vehicle, you should hire an experienced personal injury attorney to help you recovery the money you deserve. It is unacceptable that Toyota has had to recall almost 40 percent of their vehicles. Auto companies that make unsafe vehicles should have to pay for the harm they caused. Call me if you have been hurt in an accident and I will help explain the different ways in which you can be compensated for you injuries.