Two automakers have announced auto recalls over unrelated brake problems.
Honda Motor Corp. is recalling about 126,000 GL-1800 motorcycles (2001
and 2012 models) while Subaru of America is recalling approximately 32,000
vehicles (2012 models of the Outback, Legacy, and Impreza). So far, no
related injuries or traffic crashes have been reported. However, if you
or someone you loved was injured in a collision involving any of these
vehicles and you believe that faulty brakes may have played a role, please
contact our auto defect law firm immediately.
The Honda recall is over a safety issue involving the secondary brake master cylinder, which may cause brake dragging. If this happens, a motorcycle accident may happen.
The car manufacturer has received 26 complaints over this safety issue, including 2 involving motorcycle fires. Honda says that only 4% of the vehicles that have been recalled are carrying the defective brake part.
This recall comes on the heels of Honda’s one last week over 273,000 vehicles and a side air bag defect that could cause the safety device to deploy too forcefully during an accident. Last week’s recall is the fifth one the automaker has announced over this safety issue, which now has affected nearly 2 million autos.
Meantime, Subaru has received 112 reports of problems involving a faulty brake master cylinder that could cause the brake pedal to go further than expected. If this were to happen, the driver might not be able to gauge exactly how much pressure he/she needs to apply to quickly stop the vehicle. The automaker says that only about 3,000 of the vehicles that contain the defective part were sold, while the rest are still headed for or are at dealer lots.
For both recalls, customers can take their Honda motorcycles and Subaru cars to a dealer where they will inspect the vehicles and replace any defective parts.
In other auto recall news, a power-steering problem has prompted Nissan to recall 7,365 Rogue compact crossovers (2011 model). This safety issue involves a circuit board that may have been improperly installed on the electric power-steering assist control unit. If the circuit board fails and the assist feature stops working, the driver may have to apply more force to steer the motor vehicle, which can increase the risk of a collision.
Unfortunately, not all auto defects end up as part of a recall. Or, if they do, it may not be until after a deadly crash has already happened. If you or your loved one was injured in a car collision because an automaker made an unsafe vehicle, there may be grounds for auto products liability or wrongful death damages. There may also may be other liable parties, such as the dealer that sold you the vehicle or a maintenance repair shop that failed to properly repair the auto.
You should retain the services of a law firm that has a thorough understanding of auto products liability. Going after a car manufacturer can be tough, and you want your auto defect lawyers to have the skills, resources, and knowledge to do the job right.
Subaru, Honda, recall vehicles due to brake issues, CBS News, December 5, 2011
2011 Nissan Rogue recalled for power-steering issue, Newsday, December 5, 2011
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