Considering how much we invest in our new cars or trucks, we expect them to perform well and provide safe transportation. Unfortunately, there have been a record number of defective automobile recalls in recent years, usually after problems, injuries and deaths are reported. The seasoned Alexandria defective vehicle law firm of Chris J. Roy, Jr. protects the full compensation rights of clients who must deal with serious, life-threatening injuries from a faulty vehicle. If you or a family member has been hurt in such a wreck, those injuries may justify filing a defective product lawsuit against the vehicle manufacturer to recover damages for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and other rightful compensation.
Too Many Recalls: Too Much Damage and Suffering in Alexandria, LAConsumer Reports tells us that in 2014, 62 million U.S. vehicles were recalled. That’s one in four of the total number of vehicles on the road. Some of the most memorable defects in automotive history include:
- Toyota’s Out-of-Control Gas Pedals – After 30 wrongful deaths, in 2009 & 2010, Toyota recalled nine million 2004-2010 cars and trucks.
- The Takata Seatbelt Recall – The company’s current massive airbag recall has eclipsed the 8.3 million vehicles recalled from 1995-98. Problems with Hondas, Nissans, Chryslers, Mitsubishis, GM trucks, Mazdas, Suzukis, Subarus, and Isuzus manufactured between 1986 and 1995 cost the company more than $1 billion.
- Ford and GM Ignition Problems – In the early ’90s Ford’s affected vehicles (8.7 million ’86-’89 models) were recalled because of ignition short-circuiting and engine overheating. GM’s current ignition recall (begun in 2015) started with 800,000 small cars, but exploded to nearly 30 million vehicles; GM has paid compensation for 124 wrongful deaths.
- Airbags and Children – These safety devices have been in vehicles for around 40 years, yet they still cause serious injuries. The most vulnerable are passengers who weigh less than 100 pounds – such as children and infants. Violently inflating airbags can seriously harm them if they’re positioned within 18 to 24 inches of the dashboard; many injuries can be permanently debilitating – even fatal.
- Seat failures – Have been known to collapse and injure passengers
- Door latch failures – Hinder or prevent timely escape in dangerous situations
- Gas tank & fuel line failures – Have caused vehicle fires
- Rollovers – Due to poor vehicle design or defective tires – especially SUVs and pickup trucks
- Defective glass – Imperfections weaken them and cause window failures
- Crushed roofs – Caused by weak support structures.
Have you been Injured by Your Defective Vehicle?As cars and trucks further embrace technology, software and operating system flaws are becoming targets of hackers and subject to dangers which prompt recalls. Two recent ones involved:
- The spring 2017 recall by Fiat Chrysler of 1.25 million Dodge Ram pickups to correct a software error that may have caused one crash death and at least two injuries so far
- General Motors’ September 2016 recall of more than 400,000 vehicles, primarily Buick and Chevrolet, which experienced similar system control problems.