Toyota has announced that it will recall 2.87 vehicles globally, including over 1.3 million vehicles in the United States due to defective seat belts.  The defect stems from Toyota’s 4×4 vehicles (the RAV4 and the Vanguard) where the lap-shoulder seatbelts in the vehicles’ second-row seat could come in contact with the metal seat cushion frame.  If this would occur during a frontal crash, the seat belts could be cut and would not restrain the passengers within the vehicle.

Click here to read the full LA Times article:  Toyota Recalls 2.9 Million SUVs for Possible Seat Belt Failure

This recall affects RAV4 4×4 models manufactured between July 2005 and August 2014, and the Vanguard 4×4 (which are only sold in Japan) models produced between October 2005 and January 2016.

To remedy this defect, Toyota plans to add plastic covers to the metal frames of the affected vehicles.

Recently, Volkswagen, Audi and BMW joined the continuing recall of Takata air bag inflators by recalling 1.7 vehicles affected with the air bag defect.

Americans rely on manufacturers to provide a safe well-designed product.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm have successfully represented many people injured from defective autos such as Toyotas, Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, GM, and their component parts. Additionally, we have successfully represented people injured by defective helmets, bicycles, motorcycles, fuel pumps, brakes, car seats, seat belts, air bags, table saws, pumps, industrial machinery used in the workplace, barbeques, heating systems, and numerous other household and industrial products.

Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective product design, the risks inherent in the design, feasible alternatives, and appropriate warnings. In a car accident, we examine whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection. In accidents where someone strikes a guardrail, people often do not consider the guardrail may be unsafe, installed improperly, or whether there is a contributing factor in the roadway design leading to a dangerous condition. We have represented a number of people seriously injured in these types of accidents involving dangerous conditions of roads and crashworthy vehicles.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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