Toyota owners, be aware! There is yet another recall being issued by the manufacturer. This one involves the Prius, stemming from a malfunction in the hybrid control unit, which can cause the vehicle to unexpectedly enter a failsafe mode.
The good news is that no injuries or accidents have been reported so far. However, since this is a global recall affecting 1.9 million models, it certainly wouldn’t be inconceivable for something to happen.
Remedies to Fix the Software Glitch
It’s important to understand what a consumer should do when faced with a recall. First, keep in mind that it’s the manufacturer’s legal obligation to notify owners whenever there is a safety-related defect.
Next, the manufacturer should provide a resolution that doesn’t cost the owner anything. With the Prius recall, a software update is expected to take care of the problem and takes about 40 minutes. But if that doesn’t work, then it would require the entire control unit to be replaced which can take several hours.
Unfortunately, that still doesn’t mean a car owner’s troubles are over with. Consider that over a year ago, Chrysler issued a recall on certain Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee SUVs, stemming from sudden deployment of front or side airbags. But on January 24, 2014, the New York Times reported that approximately 94 percent of these vehicles have yet to be repaired.
Manufacturer Liability for Vehicle Defects
So even with a remedy, car owners could be left in the cold if it’s not followed through. This increases the risk that someone will end up injured or even killed because of the defect. In such cases, the manufacturer could be liable for any resultant damages.
Meanwhile, anyone who drives a Prius may be concerned about the safety of their vehicle. Remember that regardless of any remedy that may be provided, if those issues end up causing serious physical harm, there may be legal options available. If you are in the Atlanta area and have questions about product liability involving a vehicle, contact Jason R. Schultz at 404-474-0804 or contact us online.