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Apr 25 2013

19 Toyota Vehiciles Have Inaccurate Load Capacity Labels, May Cause Serious Accidents

Posted in Community Service, Product Liability

Products mislabeled by the manufacturer may inadvertently cause extensive injury or death to its owner, says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt .

Toyota Tundra
An inaccurate load capacity label could lead to owners to inadvertently overloading their vehicles resulting in a tire failure, which may cause a vehicle to crash, injuring personal and effecting property damage.

Southeast Toyota is recalling the following 19 models:

year 2008 and 2010-2013 Toyota Tundra, 2010-2012 Rav4, 2012 Toyota Sequoia, 2010-2011 Toyota Corolla, 2010-2011 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid, 2010-2013 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid, 2010-2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser, 2011 Toyota Land Cruiser, 2010-2013 Toyota Venza, 2010-2011 Toyota 4Runner, 2010-2013 Toyota Tacoma, 2011-2012 Toyota Sienna, 2012 Toyota Prius, 2013 Scion FR-S, 2011 Scion XD, 2011 Scion XB, and 2012 Scion TC vehicles. These vehicles were sold with labels that were outside the allowable one percent of accuracy of actual weight added. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) Number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.” Southeast Toyota will notify owners and provide a corrected label with instructions concerning its installation. A small group of the affected vehicles will need additional remedies which are still being developed. The recall is planned to begin on, or about, May 7, 2013. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859. If you, a relative or friend own or operate one of these vehicles and have been involved in an accident while utilizing it, contacting legal consult would be advisable to ensure your rights are protected.     About Belt & Bruner, P.C.