Important safety news this week from Toyota as it issues a major recall for one of its most popular trucks. As an Atlanta and Atlanta truck accident lawyer and Atlanta metro area motor vehicle accident lawyer, I want readers of the Atlanta Injury Attorneys Blog to be informed about this recall and to take action if they own one of the recalled trucks.
The recall involves about 51,000 Tundra trucks. The potential problem? The rear drive shafts must be inspected for a component that could break.
Although to date, no truck accidents or injuries have occurred, one slip yoke has failed and there is a risk of catastrophic personal injury with a drive shaft problem in other trucks with parts that were created at the same time as the failed part.
According to Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., only 0.5 percent of these trucks potentially have the faulty slip yoke. This problem occurred in the casting of the part at the foundry process. The company is aware of one slip yoke failure. There are no reports of accidents or injuries related to the condition at this point.
Toyota is no stranger to potential defects in their vehicles and their handling of recalls in the recent past. From gas pedals that were believed to stick and cause accelleration dangers, to floor mat defects, the company has been inundated with negative press and slammed with a big bill of nearly $50 million from the federal government for the way they handled the recalls. The company has also been named in numerous law suits for these defects and recalls.
Toyota will inspect your Tundra and replace the defective part at no cost to owners. In addition to the problem with the Tundra, a separate recall has been issued for more than 300,000 RAV4 and Highlander vehicles to correct an airbag issue from 2007-2008 model years. Owners should consult the Toyota website or call their local dealer to get their cars inspected.
Truck accident avoidance and complying with recalls, is the first line of defense to keeping yourself safe and avoiding serious personal injury. But if you are seriously injured in a truck accident, please contact our main Duluth office for The Law Offices of P. Charles Scholle, P.C., to speak with Charles Scholle about your case in a free case consultation with no obligation or charge to you.
As a Walton County, Georgia Truck Accident Attorney with offices throughout the Atlanta metro region, Charles Scholle litigates motor vehicle and truck accidents and truck injury cases in all surrounding cities and counties, including Duluth, Fulton County, Grayson, Gwinnett County and more. We look forward to helping you and talking with you in a confidential, free consultation at our main Gwinnett County law office, or at our offices in Decatur, the Perimeter and Buckhead.