You almost knew this was likely going to happen, right? Another recall of a Toyota product and this time its 8,000 new Tacoma pickup trucks. Just add these in to the global recall of more than 8.5 million vehicles to date.
What’s the problem with the trucks? Seems they may have defective front drive shafts. If you happen to be driving a four-wheel Tacoma built in the US between mid-December 2009 and early February 2010, head back to the dealer pronto. Apparently a faulty component in the front drive shaft may crack. If that happens, the drive shaft would separate and fall off the truck. And Imagine the accidents that could result from that.
Here is a video report of the problem.
If accidents result from this newly discovered Toyota defect (or, if accidents have already occurred) they would likely fall into these legal categories: crashworthiness, defective products, strict liability and personal injury. If an accident results in death, suit may also be filed as a wrongful death lawsuit. It is difficult to predict which of these would form the basis of a particular plaintiff’s claim; this would depend on the details of accidents involving the defective front drive shafts.
This latest recall, on top of the sticky gas pedal fiasco, compounds Toyota’s legal liability problems. It also raises the specter of additional lawsuits, to top of those related to the sticky gas pedals; a defect that has already caused numerous crashes, injuries and deaths.
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