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Product recall: Toyota issues warning of potential auto defects

Atlanta area readers who own Toyotas will want to know that the auto company has recently issued a recall for 670,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. According to Toyota, there is a possibility that both the steering column and the water pump in a variety of vehicle models contain defects.

No accidents have yet been reported in relation to these stated problems, but owners should be aware that their vehicle is possibly a dangerous product. The cars that could contain the defects include any hybrid Prius, Corolla or Wish manufactured since 2000.

The company has not specified the potential dangers that come with these defects. However, anyone injured due to any faulty automobile feature may be entitled to compensation.

Manufacturers of products used by the general public are expected to uphold a high standard of safety. When they fail to do so, victims of defective products generally have two paths to choose from when it comes to legal remedies.

If the number of individuals harmed by a product is small, each person may choose to file a lawsuit for products liability. A personal injury attorney can help their client claim compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, damage to property and pain and suffering.

When a dangerous product causes injuries to many people, they can all be represented in a single class action lawsuit by an experienced attorney. In a class action suit, any person who could be affected generally receives notice of the suit and is given the chance to opt out. The plaintiffs who choose to remain part of the action would share any damages recovered.

Either way, a victim of a defective item can legally recover from their injuries. By holding manufacturers liable for damage caused by their products, individuals are helping to ensure general public safety.

Source: Product Design & Development, "Toyota Recalls Vehicles for Steering, Pump Defects," Yuri Kageyama, Nov. 11, 2012

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