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Toyota Camry Hybrid braking problems investigated

An investigation into 59 complaints concerning brake difficulties in 2007 and 2008 Camrys may be of interest to Toyota owners in Iowa. The investigation, which is being conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, concerns approximately 30,000 Camry Hybrids. The complaints assert problems associated with delayed braking or increased effort to brake. Of all the complaints, 40 percent of them said the problem occurred at 40 mph or higher. Also, more than half of the complaints were received in the last eight months.

While a recall may follow this investigation by NHTSA, that has not happened at this time. Two accidents have been reported in the complaints, but there is no information as to fatalities or injuries associated with them.

Product liability claims fall into three main categories. The first involves a product where an error occurred in the manufacturing process itself. The second product liability category involves defective design. The third involves basic failure-to-warn claims. If a product is used for the purpose for which it was intended and personal injury results because of a defect, then the manufacturer is liable for damage incurred by the consumer. When consumers make a purchase, they have the right to expect that product to function in the manner intended if proper use and care is followed.

If an accident occurs because of a defective product, the injured person may seek compensation for the expenses associated with that injury. Medical treatment for serious injury can be significant. Additional expenses such as lost wages and replacement cost for the product must also be considered. An attorney might help someone injured because of a defective product understand their rights, and may assist them in obtaining compensation for their injuries and financial losses.

Source: Edmunds, "Feds Probe 2007-'08 Toyota Camry Hybrid After Reports of Brake System Malfunction", Anita Lienert, January 27, 2014

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