Japanese automaker Toyota has announced a recall of almost 1.3 million vehicles due to faulty airbags and windshield wipers. According to the automaker, which announced news of its recall on January 30th, 2013 via a spokesperson, two accidents in the U.S. have already been reported involving improperly inflating airbags in some of the car maker’s models. Anyone who drives a Toyota should contact their local Toyota dealer for the most up to date recall information.
People injured in a car crash due to a defective auto part are urged to contact a car crash lawyer for assistance.
Almost 1.3 Million Cars Deemed Potentially Hazardous
The recall specifically targets over 900,000 Toyotas, mostly Corollas, for airbag issues and almost 400,000 luxury Lexus IS model Toyotas for windshield wiper issues – specifically, windshield wipers that stick in heavy snow. The news comes on the heels of Toyota recently being ranked the top auto manufacturer in the world, even above its American counterparts. The news also comes as another in a line of Toyota defects and recalls. Over the last few years, the automaker has had to recall vehicles for faulty brakes, faulty gas pedals, and unsafe floor mats. The company’s latest recall includes vehicles manufactured as far back as 2001, which is why it is crucial for owners of Toyotas manufactured after the year 2000 to contact their dealer and determine if their vehicle is one of those on the recall list.
Randomly Deployed Air Bags and Wimpy Wipers
According to the facts, operating a recalled vehicle without addressing the points above could potentially be extremely dangerous. In vehicles with airbag issues, the airbags appear to be deploying without cause due to a damaged computer chip. As anyone would be able to guess, having an airbag deploy without cause could injure the driver of the vehicle and/or cause the driver to lose control. In the case of the windshield wipers, heavy snow can cause the wipers to remain in the “down” position and quickly block the driver’s view of the road.
Responding to a Defect
Following a vehicle malfunction, drivers, if able, should activate their emergency lights and attempt to navigate safely to the side of the road before calling for roadside assistance. If safe navigation to the side of the road is not possible, the driver should immediately contact emergency responders so that they can facilitate the safe removal of the vehicle from the road. Vehicle operators, following any kind of accident, are urged not to exit their vehicles, as passing motorists may not be aware of their presence. It is always better to wait for emergency or roadside assistance from within the car with seat belt and other safety equipment (like child safety seats) still engaged for all passengers.
Dealing with a vehicle recall is something that should never be delayed. Attending to a serious defect in an automobile’s design or construction could potentially save the lives of the vehicle operator, passengers, and other travelers on the road. If you ever suspect that your vehicle may be subject to a recall, you can always talk to your local dealer for the model of your car. The dealer will have information on where the vehicle can be repaired for free.