The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a probe into the 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid SUV after 32 consumers complained that the vehicle stalled while going approximately 40 mph. As many as 44,000 Highlander Hybrids could potentially be subject to a recall. Reuters reports that a preliminary investigation is just the first step in the process to determine if the car presents a safety hazard. So far, no injuries are attributed to the stalling problem.
Toyota got a pass earlier this month when the Department of Transportation said that Toyota vehicles did not appear to have any problems with the electronic throttle control system, which many blamed for unintended acceleration in some models. Toyota has recalled more than 18 million vehicles since 2009. Nine million cars were recalled to fix floor mats and stuck gas pedals, and Toyota has paid $48 million in federal fines while hundreds of lawsuits are waiting to be heard for wrongful death and auto accidents blamed on unintended acceleration.
Florida product liability law allows consumers who are injured by a defective product to be compensated for their injury or wrongful death. A defective product is one that is improperly designed, improperly labeled, or made of shoddy materials. Whether the manufacturer, supplier, or distributor – any party along the line can be held responsible for your medical expenses and lost wages.
Farah & Farah’s experienced Florida product liability attorneys will meet with you to discuss your injury that resulted from a defective product and determine if your claim is valid. If so, Farah & Farah will outline the best way to proceed on your behalf.