By Scott D. Kagan
It is not often that a vehicle manufacturer recalls a recall; however the once reliable Toyota is doing just that. The recall, which originally occurred in August 2012 as a result of consumer complaints, covers approximately 780,000 vehicles, including the 2010 Lexus HS 250h hybrid and the 2006 through 2011 Toyota Rav4.
The recall comes as a result of the rear suspension arm loosening over time, which could damage the rear tire rod. This damage will eventually lead to a failure, causing the vehicle to lose control. Clearly, Toyota's first attempt to fix the problem failed, as they try again to remedy the dangerous defect. Toyota will try a second repair after learning from dealers that some vehicles still had the same problem.
In a letter sent from Toyota to its dealerships, it was noted that some of the inspections were not adequate and portions of the repair procedure were not performed correctly. The problem is that Toyota has also told dealers that because of a limited number of parts, not all vehicles will be repaired until next February. Customers are being asked to return to dealerships for a "revised inspection and remedy procedure;" however, it could be months before the problem is entirely fixed.
Often times vehicle manufacturers will attempt the cost effective fix to a problem, despite the possible dangers involved. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of this Toyota recall, or other similar defects, please contact our firm. We have vast experience dealing with automobile product liability cases.