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Toyotas recalled after discovery of safety system issues

Drivers in Georgia may be interested in a new recall affecting almost 300,000 vehicles worldwide. The cars have an electrical issue that can increase the chances of an accident if not fixed, though the manufacturer stated that no related accidents have been reported.

Toyota, the Japanese carmaker that recently recalled almost 2 million vehicles in their Prius line, has just announced a global recall of 295,000 cars. The recall involves the Tacoma pickup truck, the RAV4 and the Lexus-branded RX350, all from model years 2012 to 2013. The majority of the vehicles, approximately 261,114, have been sold in the U.S.

The problem revolves around the brake actuator, which contains a faulty electrical component. Because of this, the automobiles are susceptible to improper fluctuations in fluid pressure in the wheel cylinders. This can lead to multiple issues, according to a filing with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Moreover, various safety systems used by the vehicles can break down, including the anti-lock brakes and stability control system. The driver may have an increase in resistance while braking as well. According to the manufacturer, no fatalities or accidents have been attributed to the issue. However, reports indicate that these problems could increase the risk of a collision due to the failure of the safety systems.

A defectively manufactured automobile is just one of the many factors that could lead to a wreck, and there could be a claim against the car manufacturer for anyone injured in an auto accident. An attorney with experience in these matters may be helpful in choosing the best legal course of action to recover compensation for these injuries. Compensation may include medical treatment expenses, property loss and lost wages.

Source: Reuters, "Toyota recalls about 295,000 vehicles globally for electrical fault", February 14, 2014

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