Electrical defect risks lead Toyota to recall certain hybrids

By Steven Miller
Senior Partner

There are many product malfunctions that can put individuals at risk for serious harm. Among these are electrical defects. Such defects can lead to fires or other accidents that could expose individuals to injuries and significant property damage. Burns and electrical shocks are among the common injuries connected to such defects. Product liability attorneys can advise individuals harmed by electrical defects in products on their options and rights related to pursuing monetary relief.

Electrical defect risks can arise in relation to a wide range of products, from small household devices to some of the biggest products consumers tend to own. Sometimes, they come up in connection to a person’s main way of getting around: the family car. This can be seen in a voluntary recall recently announced by Toyota.

The recall regards some of the company’s hybrid vehicles. Reportedly, the affected models are at risk of an electrical defect that can lead to a short circuit that could create fire dangers.

The recall is expected to affect around a million vehicles globally. While the bulk of these vehicles are in Japan, there are also a fair number in the United States.

It is thought that around 192,000 vehicles will be covered by the recall here in America. These vehicles are certain Prius models from model years 2016 to 2018.

It has not yet been made clear whether any fires have resulted from the electrical issues the recall regards.

As part of the recall, owners of affected vehicles will be able to receive free vehicle repairs aimed at addressing the electrical defect risk. Toyota will be sending out notifications of this to such vehicle owners.

About the Author
Steven Miller, Esq. is the founding member and Senior Partner in Miller, Montiel & Strano, P.C. Mr. Miller’s extensive career as a trial attorney spans five decades. He tries cases for the catastrophically injured victims of construction site accidents, motor vehicle and premises accidents caused by the negligence of others. Mr. Miller is a detail oriented, tenacious attorney committed to achieving the maximum results for his clients; he has obtained numerous seven figure verdicts and settlements.