Despite a 2014 recall which was intended to address issues with the electrical systems contained within Toyota Priuses, recent reports suggest that drivers continue to have significant problems with the vehicles. More than 800 defective electrical components, intended for use in Prius models, have been returned to Toyota from their dealerships already this year due to electrical failures. These components are believed to be related to a problem that has existed within certain Priuses for the past seven years, where overheating can cause the car to lose power completely, or to be driven only at a very low speed. Rather than resolving over time, the electrical faults would appear to be worsening.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has confirmed it is considered a petition filed by a Toyota dealer last December, in which he requested a formal defect investigation. Although the NHTSA has not yet agreed to launch the investigation, additional information has been requested from the Southern California dealer who submitted the request.
Furthermore, should the electrical faults continue, and result in injuries to Prius drivers and others, Toyota may find themselves facing defective product lawsuits. While there have been no serious accidents reported so far this year, a woman was seriously injured in 2017 after her Prius lost power on a highway, leading to her vehicle being rear-ended, while a 2016 Prius accident saw the manufacturer reported to federal safety regulators.
When a product is designed or manufactured in a manner that means it poses a risk to people using it, those who sustain injuries, as a result, can file for compensation with the assistance of a California defective product lawyer. At Mancini & Associates, we have years of experience representing people who, like you, have been injured due to defective products, and have a proven track record of success in handling these cases.
Any kind of product can potentially be defective and, as such, our California defective product attorneys could recover compensation and damages in respect of injuries caused by all manner of products. Some of the cases which we have successfully handled have involved injuries caused by:
Any kind of product can be dangerous due to defects introduced during the design or manufacturing processes, or because the manufacturer failed to provide adequate instructions or warnings about potential hazards. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective product, a skilled California attorney could successfully recover compensation on your behalf.