Automobile and vehicle parts recalls have been plentiful in the last 12
months, with GM and Takata brand recalls making headlines numerous times.
Each recall that is announced is attributed to a defect in the manufacturing
of the vehicle’s parts, which could cause performance and safety
issues. At Jones & Swanson, our attorneys specialize in representing
Georgians who have been involved in automobile accidents that left them
with significant injuries. Many of these accidents are found to have been
caused by defective vehicle parts, which is why we try to keep readers
updated with the most recent automobile recalls announced by the NHTSA
and auto manufacturing companies.
In December, Chrysler recalled 67,000 pickup trucks due to a potentially
defective clutch ignition interlock switch. If this switch breaks or malfunctions
in a manual transmission truck, it could allow the truck to be started
without the clutch being depressed. Another threat is that the truck would
fail to start, but move when the key is turned in the ignition. This recall
is in response to the
NHTSA investigation that we reported on in September after a child was able to start a Dodge
Ram 3500 truck. This recall includes Dodge Dakota, Ram 1500, Ram 2500,
Ram 3500, and Mitsubishi Raider pickup trucks that would have been manufactured
from July 2005 to June 2006. A majority of those vehicles are located
in the United States.
The second recall involves 204,768 Hyundai Elantra vehicles. A defect in
the vehicle’s power steering could lead to the car reverting to
manual steering suddenly and without warning. This would not necessarily
lead to a crash because drivers can control the vehicles even without
power steering, but it would make steering more difficult. Especially
at lower speeds, drivers often times have a harder time preventing a crash
when power steering is disabled. The Elantras that may be affected by
this default would have four doors and manufacturing dates of June 1,
2008 through April 30, 2010. 2009 and 2010 Elantra Touring hatchbacks
may also be affected by the power steering recall.
In addition to these vehicle recalls, Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc.
recently announced a recall campaign for 175,000 Toyo and Nitto brand
tires. The recall is due to production problems that may have left tires
with conditions that put undue stress on the tire’s belt edge. This
can lead to tread and belt separation, which can cause serious auto accidents
if not detected early. The Toyo Open Country H/T with Tuff Duty tires
included in the recall would have been manufactured from November 2008-June
2013. The Nitto Dura Grappler Highway Terrain tires potentially affected
were manufactured from May 2007 until April 2012. For more information
on the tires included in this recall, visit
If you believe your vehicle may be included in one of these recalls or
is affected by one of these automobile defects, you should immediately
contact the nearest dealership to schedule a time for an inspection.