In June 2014, alleged failed brakes on a 2013 Toyota Prius Liftback allegedly led a driver to plow into three teenage girls in a North Hollywood crosswalk.
One of the girls suffered severe brain damage and was on life support after the crash. Toyota apparently did nothing.
Now, a Southern California Toyota car dealer is calling for the recall of certain Toyota vehicles and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is looking into a series of possible brake failures.
The following years and models are under review:
- 2010-2015 Prius (Liftback) and Prius PHV
- 2012-2014 Camry Hybrid
- 2013-2015 Avalon Hybrid
If you drive one of the above vehicles and have had a braking problem, or if you are concerned about operating your car due to a possible brake defect, we urge you to contact our attorneys ASAP.
Defective Brake Booster Pump Assemblies
The allegedly malfunctioning part is the “brake booster pump assembly with master cylinder.” Toyota currently refuses to replace the defective component until the vehicle exhibits a brake system warning light and registers one of four specific Diagnostic Trouble Codes. In an interview, the president of Claremont Toyota and Capistrano Toyota, who petitioned for investigation, said:
“We want [Toyota] to fix the brakes before there’s a failure putting lives at stake.”
Unfortunately, the NHTSA has received more than 115 complaints since 2010. Sixty of these reports involved collisions. According to the defect petition:
“This brake defect is causing crashes that are injuring people – and Toyota is mishandling it.”
If you’ve been hurt in an accident with a defective Toyota or are concerned about this potential safety defect in your vehicle, call us at (909) 345-8110 today.
Petition Under Review
The petition for a safety recall is under review by the NHTSA as of January 3, 2020. If NHTSA officials decide to launch a formal investigation, it could take approximately one year for any recall to commence. In the meantime, Toyota has issued at least two voluntary safety recalls regarding the brake systems of its hybrid vehicles, but continues to exclude many years and models with defective braking components.
Victims of Toyota’s alleged oversight, like the teenager who suffered permanent brain damage in North Hollywood, however, have already been harmed.
As the petition states:
“Toyota has put innocent lives at risk by knowingly excluding hundreds of thousands of hybrids with defective brakes from past safety recall populations . . . . The National Highway Safety Administration should immediately investigate this safety defect and prevent additional injuries and potential deaths.”
Those who have been injured or are worried about driving their Toyota vehicles may also be entitled to compensation.
Take Action Today
Our team at McCune Wright Arevalo is experienced in auto defect class action lawsuits and specifically Toyota class actions. We were part of the leadership that forced Toyota to settle the class action alleging sudden acceleration for over $1 billion We are currently investigating ways to hold Toyota responsible for the allegedly dangerous condition of the brake systems in its hybrid vehicles and to protect consumers.
Even if you have not been involved in a crash, you should not have to worry about experiencing brake failure before the manufacturer will agree to fix a known problem. If you would like to help force Toyota to address the brake system issues before having to experience a brake failure, contact us.
And if you were hurt in an accident involving defective Toyota Hybrid braking, you deserve closure and compensation. Joining our lawsuit can help you obtain the resources you need to recover.
If any of these concerns sound relevant to you, please contact us immediately at (909) 345-8110 or schedule a free consultation online. We look forward to leading the charge against Toyota and fighting this injustice by your side.