Toyota Tacoma Recall – Rear Wheels Locking Up and Oil Leaks
Toyota, the Japanese auto manufacturer, recently announced a product recall for roughly 228,000 U.S models of the 2016 and 2017 Toyota Tacoma. The trucks have been shown to exhibit a problem causing a leakage of oil, which could potentially be a contributing factor in a collision.
The mid-sized truck recently underwent a model update and redesigning; however, the new rear differential unit is the source of possible leaks. These oil leaks can cause the rear wheels to lock up, “seizing” the vehicle. The Tacoma is said to be the top-selling vehicle in its class in the United States.
Solution to the Defect
In June, Toyota contacted Tacoma owners regarding the recall. In the meantime, they advised owners to not use the vehicles. It is uncertain thus far if anyone has been injured as a result of the problem. The National Highway Safety Department says it had received complaints regarding peculiar noises coming from the rear area of the vehicle.
When the vehicles are brought in for service, the truck will be checked for leaks and any faulty parts will be repaired or replaced. Secure fasters may be put in place as needed.
Another Recall from Toyota
The Tacoma was the subject of an additional recall for approximately 36,000 of the V6 models manufactured in 2016 and 2017 in the U.S. and South America, due to unexpected stalling. The problem was said to relate to a defect involving the crankshaft timing motor for the engine. It is not known yet if the problem has caused any collisions or injuries. The company will be replacing the part upon recall.
Oklahoma Product Liability Statute
Oklahoma law states that sellers will be compensated and held harmless by manufacturers in product liability matters for losses, assuming that the problem is not the result of a seller’s negligent acts, deliberate misconduct, or modifications or alterations. Losses are defined as expenses, legal fees, and damages incurred. Distributors or retailers that are responsible for product assembly are classified as sellers when doing so according to manufacturer guidelines. Sellers may seek recovery from the manufacturer for court costs, fees for legal counsel, and further damages as based on the right to compensation in these actions.
Lawyers for Product Liability Cases in Oklahoma City
In today’s highly competitive and cost-driven business environment, those making consumer products may consider taking “shortcuts” relating to testing and product safety. The attorneys at Car Accident Help having been advocating on behalf of Oklahoma consumers for many years by holding negligent parties responsible for the losses and hardships they have caused. Contact the office today at (405)-285-HELP  to discuss your case with an experienced product liability attorney.
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