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Toyota's History of Electrical Woes Prompts Concerns Over Personal Injury

Posted on in Personal Injury

Many of today's motor vehicles have complicated, electronic systems that can be both blessings and banes. They're blessings when they work and may cause drivers to experience more than just inconveniences when they don't. Let's take Toyota's recall history as an example of how faulty electronics may lead to personal injury or death.

Since at least 2014, the company has repeatedly recalled vehicles due to a rash of electrical problems. For instance, there was a suspected acceleration issue in 2014 followed by power window woes in 2015. This year, they've already issued a recall too. Only this time, it's related to the vehicle's air bags and not the window or throttle control systems.

Each recall was prompted by reports of personal injury, which were subsequently investigated. The personal injuries changed with each recall notice. However, the list included, but wasn't restricted to severe burns, a myriad of impact related injuries and premature death. So where does this leave Toyota drivers, both past and present?

Like other victims of motor vehicle accidents, they have the option of pursuing legal recourse under strict product liability law. Depending on the nature of the electrical problem and the facts surrounding it, they may also recover damages for breach of warranty as well as negligence. As such, personal injury attorneys in San Jose will characteristically set out to verify that the Toyota was defective when it left the manufacturer. This is where recall notices come into play.

The timing and nature of recall notices lend credibility to victims' assertions that the vehicles in question were faulty from the get go. From there, personal injury attorneys must prove that the drivers maintained and used the vehicle in an expected manner up to and during the accident. To learn more about how recall notices involving vehicle's electrical systems may help or hinder personal injury cases, please contact Jachimowicz Law Group today.

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