We hear about
vehicle recalls and defects in the news often, but how do those announcements come about? Typically,
automobile manufacturers get reports from consumers and dealerships because
a large amount of the same problem has occurred in a specific model vehicle.
Other times, legal claims are brought against manufacturing companies
by consumers after they were left with financial and emotional burdens
due to a defective automobile causing injuries and damages. Regardless
of how these companies come to be aware of recalls and defects on their
products, it is important that they take the appropriate safety precautions
to prevent injuries or deaths as a result of these defective automobile parts.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently began investigating
two popular automobiles for potential defects that could lead to vehicle recalls.
The first NHTSA investigation involves Dodge Ram pickup truck vehicles,
numbering approximately 110,000. Multiple owners of these trucks filed
complaints stating that their 2004 and 2005 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks
were able to be started with the vehicles are in gear. This is due to
the clutch interlock switch being defective. One of these complaints came
from a consumer whose child was able to start the truck without having
to press down the clutch. This led to the truck rolling forward over another
child, who ultimately lost their life.
The second investigation being performed by the NHTSA is on Nissan Sentra
and Versa automobiles, model years 2013 and 2014. Consumers reported that
the braking systems are not appropriately responsive. While there have
been no accidents or injuries linked to this potential defect, it is important
that these complaints be investigated. If, indeed, these vehicles’
brakes are not working correctly when applied, it could lead to serious
automobile crashes and injuries. The drivers stated that even though they
pressed the brake pedal down while driving, the automobiles continued moving.
Each of these potential automobile defects has the potential to cause countless
injuries and deaths because the vehicles are so common. The NHTSA will
investigate the validity of these claims and determine whether or not
automobile recalls should be announced for the vehicles.
Thousands of people are injured each year in automobile accidents that
were caused from a defective vehicle part. Whether it be the seatbelts,
tires, or other part of the vehicle, victims should not have to bear the
medical costs and pain and suffering without assistance from the at-fault
party. If you or someone you know believes that you were injured in a
crash as a result of an automobile defect, contact our firm today. We
will research the potential claim and let you know whether or not there
is validity to it. We offer consultations free of charge, so visit us
www.awjlaw.com or call (770) 427-5498.