Automobile defects and recalls affect Georgians every day, but when largely purchased makes such as Ford and Toyota recall vehicles, it is more likely to have adverse effects. So what do you do if your vehicle is included in a manufacturer’s recall? You should discontinue daily use of your vehicle immediately, driving it only to the nearest dealership.
The dealership will determine whether your car, truck, van, or SUV is included in the recall and inform you of what will need to be fixed. The corrections should be done free of charge. Upon completion, your vehicle will be ready to resume normal driving activity prevent airbags from deploying in the event of a collision. The airbag warning light is supposed to come on if there is a problem. Owners of these vehicles can take them to a Ford dealership to have the computer module replaced, which is the basis of the problem.
Earlier this month, Toyota announced an additional three recalls on 1.75 million automobiles. This is in addition to various other recalls that the company has announced this year. The largest of the three involves Japanese Crown Majesta, Noah and Voxy model vehicles. The braking systems in these vehicles may degrade gradually if the problem is not addressed. Second, 759,000 automobiles, including 423,000 Lexus automobiles manufactured from 2005 until 2010, were recalled because of fuel delivery pipe problems. These issues increase the risk of fire in those automobiles. The third largest recall affects more vehicles sold in Japan that may have fuel leaking issues. Thus far, none of the recalls have been known to cause crashes or injuries.
Large automobile manufacturers oftentimes must pay fines and settlements for automobiles that caused dangerous conditions for consumers. Toyota paid $1.2 billion in fines earlier this year to settle a criminal investigation. The investigation involved unintended acceleration in over 10 million vehicles four years ago.
As we hear more and more about vehicle recalls, consumers should be more careful than ever when behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. While they are made to be useful to consumers, they can turn into deadly weapons very quickly. If you have been involved in a crash which you believe could have been caused by a defective part or automobile, you may have a legal claim for compensation. For more information, contact Jones & Swanson today at (770) 427-5498.