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Product defect in Tundra truck leads to lawsuit against Toyota

Owners of Toyota Tundra pickup trucks in North Dakota may not be aware that the 2016-2017 models of their vehicles were recalled. This recall followed a product defect that could lead to personal injury. An owner of one of these trucks recently filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff claims he stepped onto the rear bumper of the truck in Sept. 2016 to reach the cargo bed. However, the bumper broke off the truck, and the man fell to the ground, causing two bone fractures -- one in his wrist and another one in his hand. The plaintiff further alleges that he took the vehicle to the dealer the following month, and although the dealer acknowledged the defect, the costs of the repairs were for the account of the plaintiff.

The lawsuit states that the manufacturer of the vehicles recalled 76,000 of the 2016-2017 models of the Toyota Tundra trucks in Jan. 2017. The recall notice indicated that the rear step bumpers and brackets were defective and could break if people should step onto them. It warned that personal injury could be suffered in such circumstances. The plaintiff received notice of the recall from the dealer in Feb. 2017.

The plaintiff accuses the manufacturer of negligence in allowing a vehicle with a product defect to be marketed. He alleges the defendant chose to manufacture the steps and brackets from an unsafe material rather than steel, which would have been a safer option. The plaintiff contends that his normal activities have been hampered by continuous pain in his hand and wrist, and he seeks an unknown amount of damages. North Dakota residents in similar circumstances may seek recovery of losses by filing product liability lawsuits against negligent manufacturers.

Source: carcomplaints.com, "Toyota Tundra Rear Bumper Lawsuit Says Brackets Failed", David A. Wood, Nov. 11, 2017

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