There are countless contributing factors that can play a part in the cause of an automobile accident, but one of the most preventable is the vehicle being equipped with faulty parts. That’s why our Roanoke car accident attorneys would like to let you know about several recent recalls of cars and trucks that were prompted by the discovery of faulty equipment.
GM Ignition Switch Recall
Last February, General Motors (GM) announced it would be recalling a number of different makes and models of their vehicles due to a problem with the ignition switch that would allow the vehicle to shut off while it was in motion. This, in turn, caused motorists to lose control of the vehicle and, in many cases, crash.
There are now approximately 650 pending lawsuits against GM that were filed by accident victims, claiming the company failed to take corrective action when they were informed of the problem with the ignition switches and are therefore responsible for damages.
Takata Airbag Recall
Just last week, Japan-based company Takata Corp. announced the recall of 34 million vehicles. The announcement was made after it was discovered the airbags had a defect in the propellant that allowed parts and debris from the unit to be hurled towards occupants of the vehicle when the airbag activated during a crash. According to CBS News, the recall is the largest of its kind in our nation’s history.
Ford Power Steering Recall
Yesterday, the Ford Motor Co. announced it was recalling 423,000 cars, trucks, and SUVs because of an electrical malfunction that can cause the power steering in a vehicle to shut off. The company also recalled another 19,500 vehicles due to a problem controlling overheating that could result in an increased risk of a vehicle fire.
Know Your Risk
With more than 1 in 4 vehicles being recalled, our Roanoke personal injury lawyers encourage vehicle owners to find out if your vehicle has been recalled. To get more information about your vehicle, go to safercar.gov, enter your vehicle’s VIN, and you will receive more news about if your car has been affected by the slew of recent recalls.