Toyota Motor Corp. announced Wednesday that it will recall approximately 242,000 Prius and Lexus hybrid automobiles due to braking system problems. The recall includes about 9,000 Lexus HS250h vehicles built between June and October 2009 and about 233,000 Prius cars built between March and October 2009. The Lexus sedans were sold only in Japan and the U.S., but the Prius automobiles were sold worldwide. Of the 242,000 vehicles affected by the recall, 91,000 were purchased in North America and another 30,000 were bought in Europe.
Toyota stated that slower response times may result from the braking system problem. The brake pressure parts installed in the automobiles could crack due to vibration because they are composed of a weaker material. While the company has received numerous complaints about the braking system, no accidents, injuries, or deaths have been reported. The company has faced some serious blows to its reputation over the past few years after it had to recall thousands of vehicles in both 2009 and 2010 for problems including faulty braking, defective floor mats, and sticky gas pedals.
Toyota recalls 242,000 Prius, Lexus hybrid cars, www.palmbeachpost.com June 5, 2013
Braking systems are a vital part of a safe vehicle and, unfortunately, consumers are often unaware of brake problems until it is too late. Severe injuries or death can occur when a braking system malfunction causes a slower response time. This is why it is crucial that consumers are alerted to defects in the braking system as soon as possible. The Coral Gables consumer advocates at the Friedland | Carmona are automobile accident lawyers who have over twenty years of experience helping clients recover for their injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in an unsafe vehicle or any other type of motor vehicle accident, call the Miami personal injury attorneys at the Friedland | Carmona today. Don’t hesitate as the law places strict time limits on these types of claims. Call (305) 661-2008 today for your free consultation.
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