On December 1, 2016, Toyota announced a vehicle recall because of improperly deploying side curtain shield airbags. This post details what you need to know about Toyota’s curtain shield airbag recall.
Details of the Recall
What Vehicles Are Covered?
The recall covers 320,000 of the following Toyota makes and models:
- 2003-2006 Land Cruiser
- 2004-2006 4Runner
- 2005-2006 Tundra
- 2005-2006 Sequoia
The recall also covers the 2003-2006 Lexus LX470 and the 2004-2006 Lexus GX470.
What Is the Issue with the Airbags?
The vehicles above contain side curtain shield airbags that deploy from the roof. The airbag manufacturer improperly programmed the airbag control module, leaving the potential for the airbags to inadvertently deploy “shortly after startup.” This could cause the driver of the vehicle to crash their car, leading to serious injuries or even death. The seatbelt pretensioners may also malfunction.
Note: This recall is not related to the Takata airbag recall.
Have There Been Injuries or Deaths?
As of March 2018, Toyota has not reported any crashes caused by the defect. At the time of the recall, company spokesperson Cindy Knight told Edmunds.com, Toyota had “received reports alleging injuries, such as abrasions and ringing in the ears.”
Note: If you have not received a letter but own a vehicle you think might be affected, you can check your Vehicle Information Number (VIN) on SaferCar.gov. (To find your VIN, stand outside your car and look at the bottom right corner of your windshield.) Affected owners can call Toyota customer service at 1-888-271-9371 and reference recall numbers G0C and GLB. Lexus owners can call 1-800-255-9371.
Can Owners File A Suit?
If you or a loved one suffered severe injury or death after your airbag deployed inadvertently, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit. Contact the defective airbag lawyers at Newsome Melton to determine if you might have a case.
If we can prove your airbag deployed before an accident occurred, or that it was otherwise defective, the automaker may owe you compensation.
Is There a Limit for How Long I Have to File a Suit?
Yes. The most prominent example of such a time limit is the “statute of limitations.” But that may not be the only one. Many states also have a “statute of repose,” which constitutes a separate time limit on a products liability claim. And there may be additional limitations and requirements as well.
The time limits differ from state to state, and the application of the limits to the facts of a case can be a complex legal question. That’s why it is important to consult with a knowledgeable attorney as soon as practicable; they can work with you to determine the critical facts and do what is needed to preserve your claim and prevent it from being barred by the applicable time limits.
Where Can I Get Help If I Think My Toyota Airbag Deployed Improperly?
The product liability team at Newsome Melton is standing by, ready to take your call if an inadvertent deployment in your Toyota vehicle caused you or a loved one to suffer injuries. We offer free consultations to determine whether you might have a valid case.
Schedule your free consultation today: 888-808-5977.