Over the past few years, Toyota has had some very big recalls, among other automakers. According to a new report, Toyota has now agreed to pay a maximum fine of $17.35 million for delaying a recall, in order to avoid a dispute with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The automaker has also paid three previous fines for recall related issues and has not admitted wrongdoing in any of the cases.
When companies manufacture anything, whether it is a car or a baby's pacifier, they must be confident that their products meet or exceed all safety standards and are safe to use. If they discover that the product is unsafe after has been made available to consumers, they have an obligation to consumers to issue a warning. Since regulations don't always require a company to issue a recall, it is important that companies are held accountable if their products cause injuries.
If a person is injured, they might require medical attention. Just a visit to the doctor could cost hundreds of dollars. If a person needs to seek emergency medical care, their bill might quickly become thousands of dollars. An experienced personal injury attorney can help make sure a person's finances aren't harmed by a dangerous product.
Although filing a lawsuit might not be the first thing on a person's mind after an injury, an attorney can help make sure the person's rights are protected. Seeking compensation can help ensure the person is able to pay their medical expenses and other expenses that might add up because of an accident.
Source: The New York Times, "Toyota to Pay Record $17.35 Million Fine for Delaying Recall," Christopher Jensen, Dec. 18, 2012
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