It is important to note that just because a vehicle has been recalled doesn’t
mean it is defect-free and sometimes, it can take a motor vehicle crash
for an auto defect to be discovered and a recall announced. In an ideal
world, safety issues would be detected before anyone were to get hurt.
If you believe that a car accident resulting in serious injury or death
was caused by a vehicle malfunction or an auto defect, you may have grounds
for pursuing a products liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. Contact
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Recent Auto Recalls:
Honda recently recalled 2.5 million vehicles because problems with the automatic transmission could cause the engine to unexpectedly cut out or the parking gear to malfunction. This risk is greatest if quick transmission shifts are made between the drive, neutral, and reverse positions. The transmission control modules in these autos will have to be reprogrammed. The automaker says that no injuries or deaths related to this safety problem have been reported. Affected vehicles include the 2005-2008 Element, the 2007-2010 CR-V, and 2005-2010 Accords (models with cylinder engines).
Meantime, air bag safety issues and pressure from the NHTSA have prompted Ford to recall another 1.2 million pickup trucks. The automaker had recalled approximately 135,000 F-150′s (2005-2006 models) in the US earlier this year over concerns that the air bag on the driver’s side might deploy without warning. Although Ford had said the original recall was sufficient to address the problem, the NHTSA accused the car manufacturer of distorting the data and said that based on its own review, the Ford trucks had the most number of inadvertent air bag deployments it had ever encountered. Ford, however, refuses to call the problem an actual air bag defect.
Ford is not the only automaker to recently announce a recall recently over a problem with air bags. Chrysler has recalled over 367,000 2008 Dodge and Chrysler minivans because their air bags may go off without warning. This is an expansion of a recall announced earlier this year over the same auto defect.
It was just several days ago that Toyota is recalling 32 of its 2011 Lexus Rx350 vehicles because of a brake problem that could cause an auto accident. The SUVs brake actuators are not calibrated correctly, which could stop the brakes on the right front wheel from being applied properly when vehicle stability control or automatic anti-lock braking is activated.
Volvo is also recalling some of its vehicles. The automaker says over 8,000 of its S60s that were made between March 8, 2006 and May 16, 2007 are affected. Volvo says that the vehicle could become hard to maneuver if there is an increase of pressure that impacts the power steering reservoir hoses, which are not correctly routed. The car manufacturer will replace the hoses for free.
In other auto recall news, Nissan says no accidents have been linked to safety issue involving 20,000 of its Altima cars (2011, 2012) in the US. Some of the autos may have transverse link bolts that weren’t correctly tightened. If they come completely loose completely, a driver could have a hard time controlling the vehicle.
While no injuries or deaths have been linked to these latest recalls, these safety problems can cause car crashes. You want to work with an auto defects law firm that knows how to determine and prove liability and isn’t afraid to go after a major auto manufacturer to make sure that you obtain all the personal injury or wrongful death compensation that you are owed. At The Gilbert Law Group®, we represent clients nationally and have recovered over $150 million in verdicts and settlements for injured consumers. We even have an in-house engineering staff to assist our auto defects lawyers with their products liability cases.
Related Web Resources:
Nissan recalls about 20,000 Altima sedans in the U.S., Reuters, August 1, 2011
Toyota recalls 2011 Lexus RX 350 for brake issues, Consumer Reports, August 1, 2011
Honda To Recall 2.5 Million Cars on Software Issue, KTLA, August 6, 2011
Ford F-150 air bag recall expanded to 1.2 million trucks, Consumer Reports, April 15, 2011
Chrysler recalls 376,000 minivans for air bag defect, USA Today, August 4, 2011
Volvo recalls 8,406 S80s due to power steering problem, Consumer Reports, August 1, 2011
More Blog Posts:
Air Bag Safety Issue Prompts Ford to Expand Recall of F-150 Pickup Trucks to 1.2 Million, Product Liability Law Blog, April 14, 2011
Toyota Recalls 245,000 Lexus in the US, Product Liability Law Blog, January 26, 2011
More than 19 Million Autos Recalled in 2010 in About 600 Campaigns, Product Liability Law Blog, December 29, 2010