There are many products that make it to market that later prove to be unsafe to consumers, and often with tragic results. Dangerous and defective products cause thousands of serious injuries and deaths every year.

For those who own a Toyota Prius, please read on.

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, is about to recalls more than half of the Prius vehicles ever sold to fix a software glitch that could slow down or bring the vehicle to a halt.

The recall involves approximately 1.9 million vehicles produced globally since March 2009. Toyota has called back more vehicles than any automaker in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Reports indicate that a flaw with the software in the Prius hybrid system may cause some parts to overheat in certain driving situations such as accelerating from a stop. This can lead to the car entering a fail-safe mode, where it can still be driven while at reduced power. In some cases, the hybrid system could completely shut down and cause the vehicle to stop.

In addition, a software issue with the third generation of the main Prius model can cause their stability, anti-lock braking and traction controls to intermittently turn off, though the standard braking operation in those vehicles would remain fully functional.

The manufacturers, wholesalers, and even the retailers of dangerous and defective products may be liable for products that injure or kill the product owner. Dangerous and defective products may include automobiles, chemicals, food, household goods or children’s toys.

As of today, Toyota hasn’t received any reports of accidents or injuries related to the software problem.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of driving a Toyota Prius or any other product, then you can file a claim that will allow you to obtain compensation for your damages.

Contact the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, with offices located in Bergen County, New Jersey and New York City. We will answer your important questions and help you seek compensation for your injuries, damages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.