There are approximately 253,212,610 passenger vehicles registered in the United States alone, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics in 2009. As consumers, we expect each of these vehicles to perform and transport ourselves and passengers safety. When we purchase a vehicle, we fully expect it to comply with safety protocols and regulations. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Quite frequently, manufacturers and automotive companies release automobile recall and defect announcements in an effort to prevent serious injuries and even death to passengers of vehicles that they are responsible for allowing onto roadways. Just last month, a select number of the newly popular 2014 Nissan LEAF vehicles were recalled due to parts that may be missing on the front structures of the automobiles. These missing parts may negatively affect the structural reliability in the event of a crash. In layman’s terms, this means that the structure of the recalled Leaf automobiles may not hold up in a car wreck. The structure can collapse onto passengers, leading to a very unsafe environment. The vehicles included in the recall are those manufactured between February 28, 2014 and March 12, 2014, which is less than a month-long span of time. Approximately 211 vehicles are estimated to be affected by the recall. If you have a LEAF that you believe falls into this category, simply bring it in to a Nissan dealership for a free inspection and corrective measures.
This automobile recall reminds us of an even more prominent one in the news recently: that of millions of GM vehicles due to overlooked safety concerns. This year alone, General Motors has released recalls for over 11 million automobiles. This string of recalls is a result of the ignition defects brought to light in cases of at least 13 people who lost their lives as a result of the safety defect. Many popular vehicles are included in this most recent announcement, including Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, and Pontiac models. For more information about the models involved in the GM recalls, visit autos.yahoo.com.
When an automobile is not properly outfitted with safe parts, it can lead to disaster for innocent consumers that trusted in the manufacturing process of large corporations. Unfortunately, automobile manufacturers often ignore safety concerns in an effort to save money. When those unsafe automobiles cause serious injury and death to consumers, they are forced to take a closer look. In many instances, they can be held responsible for the damages caused by their oversight(s). If you believe that a loved one was wrongfully injured due to an automobile defect, you may have a legal claim for medical expenses, loss of wages, pain and suffering, and even wrongful death if they lost their lives. For more information and a free consultation, contact the injury lawyers at Jones & Swanson today at (770) 427-5498.