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Toyota becomes latest to issue recall for auto defects

Pennsylvania Star Trek fans are more than likely aware that Anton Yelchin who played Chekov in the popular movie franchise died when his vehicle rolled down the driveway and crushed him. As it turns out, Yelchin owned a 2015 Grand Cherokee that was subject to a recall by Fiat Chrysler due to a problem with the gear selector, which could fail to recognize whether the vehicle is in park. Now, Toyota recently announced that approximately 340,000 of its vehicles worldwide are being recalled due to auto defects.

According to reports, the vehicles in question are all 2016 and 2017 models whose parking brakes could fail. If that happens, the vehicle could roll away, much like Yelchin's did. Toyota believes that the recall includes approximately 92,000 vehicles here in the United States.

Apparently, Toyota conducted a "diligent" review to determine whether any injuries or deaths are associated with the issue and no such instances were found. However, the review was not exhaustive. In addition, there could have been incidents that are not yet attributed to a failing parking brake. Pennsylvania residents who own 2016 or 2017 Toyota Prius vehicles should contact their dealerships to determine whether their vehicles are subject to the recall if they have not yet received a notification from the automaker.

In recent years, auto defects have been in the news far too often -- think Takata air bags. Vehicle owners who suffer injuries, or families who lose loved ones, due to a manufacturing error, might benefit from discussing their legal remedies with an attorney. It might be appropriate to file a lawsuit against the party or parties responsible. If negligence is successfully proved, damages could be awarded to help with the financial losses attributed to the defect.

Source: CNN Money, "Brake flaw prompts Toyota Prius recall", Chris Isidore, Oct. 13, 2016

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