A story from the Los Angeles Times reports that Japanese auto manufacturer Toyota will recall over a million vehicles worldwide in a safety recall. In the United States, this recall will likely affect over 130,000 Toyota Yaris compacts for the 2006 and 2007 model years.
The issue which prompted the recall is found in a piece of equipment called a pretensioner. The pretensioner is a small pyrotechnic device that tightens the seat belt in the Yaris when the onboard sensing equipment registers the possibility of a crash. This device generates a very hot exhaust gas when used.
Unfortunately, on the 2006 and 2007 model Yaris, a sound insulation pad on the central pillar is in danger of being ignited by the exhaust gases of the pretensioner. Although no incidents associated with this defect have occurred in the United States, the manufacturer wishes to work fully with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to repair the problem.
When defects like this are detected in cars, manufacturers must take steps to ensure the safety of those who drive their products. In the State of California, very specific laws govern manufacturer’s attempts to solve safety issues such as this one. Known as lemon laws, these California regulations hold the manufacturer accountable for their repair efforts. The car owner can claim compensation should they fail to meet those expectations.
If your new vehicle is developing mechanical issues or not living up to the performance implied in the warranty, contact the Law Offices of Howard D. Silver, California lemon law attorney at (855) 341-2611 so that we can answer any questions you may have.