Toyota is recalling about 752,000 gas-electric hybrid vehicles worldwide because the engines could lose power and stall. According to an Associated Press news report, the recall covers certain 2013 to 2015 Prius and 2014 to 2017 Prius v hybrids. The company says that the hybrid vehicles are designed to go into a fail-safe mode if there are defects in the hybrid system.
Details of the Recall
However, in some instances, they may not go into fail-safe and the engines could lose power and stall. Toyota says that power steering and braking would stay on, but at higher speeds, the stalling could increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will update the hybrid software at no cost to consumers when the recall begins.
According to Toyota, anyone who had an inverter failure with the system faults will get a new one. The recall covers about 267,000 vehicles in the United States. Vehicle owners can expect to get a notification in the mail in late August.
Vehicle stalling is a serious problem. When vehicles stall, drivers could lose control, which could lead to a crash. Also, when vehicles unexpectedly stall on a busy roadway or freeway, there is the danger of other vehicles striking the stalled car. We see these types of incidents resulting in major injuries or even fatalities.
If Your Vehicle Has Been Recalled
If your vehicle is part of a safety recall, it is important that you respond promptly by taking your vehicle to the dealership and getting the necessary repairs done. It costs nothing and gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that the safety issue has been fixed. When a vehicle is defective, there is the danger of vehicle occupants and even bystanders suffering serious injuries.
Suppose you or a loved one has been injured due to a faulty vehicle or vehicle part. In that case, you may be able to file an auto product liability lawsuit against the automaker and/or the manufacturer seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Vehicle owners may also be able to file a class-action lawsuit seeking compensation for their losses. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to help evaluate your legal rights and options.