Braking System Recalls – Toyota Recall Lawyers
2009–2010 Prius and Lexus HS 250h Recall
The 2009–2010 models of the Toyota Prius and all models of the Lexus HS 250h were recalled on February 8, 2010, due to failure in the vehicle's regenerative braking system (RBS), which is designed to use friction accumulated during braking to help recharge the car's battery. Both the Prius and Lexus Hybrid vehicles also have anti-lock braking systems (ABS), which kick in after the RBS has transported energy from friction to the battery. On the recalled models, brake failure occurs during the transition from RBS to ABS on bumpy or slippery road surfaces. In most cases, consumers have reported experiencing a Prius or Lexus braking failure when attempting to stop on surfaces such as potholes, rain, and snow. The Prius and Lexus braking system failure poses a potentially deadly situation for drivers traveling as slow as 30 mph.
To date, Toyota has received 124 consumer reports of brake failure in Prius and Lexus models in the U.S., four of which have resulted in crashes. On February 5, Toyota apologized for its mishandling of the reports of brake failures and said it was evaluating the Prius and Lexus braking problem, but failed to issue a recall. Although the company exhibited reluctance in ordering the recall, news reports indicate that the company has known about the problem for years – having already corrected the issue in the Prius Hybrids manufactured in Japan since January 2010. Only Prius vehicles produced between May 2009 and January 2010 are affected by the recall. The Toyota recall lawyers at Hilliard Muñoz Guerra help victims who have been injured in accidents involving recalled Prius and Lexus model vehicles get compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses suffered as a result of the defect.
2010 Camry Recall
The company also issued a safety recall for 7,300 of 4-cylinder 2010 Camry model vehicles in order to inspect the position of the power steering hose, which may come in contact with the front brake tube. Repeated contact may create a hole in the tube, causing brake fluid to leak and increasing the vehicle's stopping distance. Owners of vehicles involved in this recall were notified by Toyota in the middle of February. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a crash involving a recalled Toyota Camry, contact the Toyota recall lawyers at Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales to discuss your case.
Contact a Toyota Recall Lawyer
A brake failure can be extremely hazardous, potentially causing serious injury and death. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident involving a defective Prius, Lexus HS 250h, or Camry, contact the Toyota recall attorneys at Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales today for a free consultation regarding your case. The aggressive trial attorneys at Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales are not afraid to take on large corporations like Toyota in order to get our clients just compensation for their injuries. Call the Toyota recall lawyers at Hilliard Muñoz Gonzales today at 1-800-334-3298 to discuss your legal options.