A car recall is issued when a manufacturer or the NHTSA determines that a part or equipment in a vehicle is faulty, defective, or not working properly and this creates a safety risk for users. Manufacturers are required to fix the issue by either replacing the part or repairing it. A defective vehicle part could seem like a minor inconvenience for users to get it fixed, but some of these issues could cause serious car accidents and injuries.
What Cars Are Being Recalled?
GM Vehicles With Takata Airbags
The National Highway Safety Administration ordered GM to recall 7 million pickups and SUVs worldwide that had airbags made by Takata. The airbags produced by the Japanese manufacturer have been linked to at least 17 deaths in the US, the defective airbags have been known to explode and cause serious injuries. The Takata airbag recall has been known as one of the largest in the industry.
Chevy Bolt EV’s
Chevrolet recalled more than 50,000 Chevy Bolts due to a defect in their high-voltage battery pack. The battery pack could catch on fire even when the vehicle is parked, stopped, and not plugged in to the charger. According to reports from the NHTSA, the defect has caused five fires and two injuries. The NHTSA has suggested that owners of the Chevy Bolt EV park their vehicles away from their houses and other buildings or objects that could catch on fire, in case the battery pack malfunctions and ignites.
Ford has also recently issued a recall for approximately 350,000 Ford Explorers that were manufactured between 2013 and 2017. Ford Explorers built between this time frame have a faulty rear suspension toe link that could corrode and fracture. Reports show that this is the second time Ford has issued a recall for a faulty rear suspension toe link. The company stated there have been six injuries caused by the defective part. To protect consumers from suffering any accidents or injuries, the company will replace the suspension toe link with a new one.
Toyota’s sister bran Lexus is recalling about 3.34 million bad fuel pumps in several vehicle models manufactured from 2013 up to 2020. The issue with the fuel pumps that they could stop working at any time. If a fuel pump stops working while driving at high speeds this could increase the chances of a car accident. Toyota will inform vehicle owners if their car model is part of the recall and will advise on what steps they should take to have this mechanical issue fixed.
Volkswagen Jetta sedans have faulty bolts that may become loose over time, the bolts are fuel rail bolts that if they are too loose it may cause gasoline to leak from the engine and increase the risk of a fire. To fix these defective bolts, Volkswagen will replace them with new ones to prevent a fire or a car accident. According to documents from the NHTSA about 218,192 Jetta sedans have these faulty fuel rail bolts.
Product manufacturers have a responsibility to build and distribute products that are safe for consumers. They undergo rigorous testing to ensure their efficacy and safety. However, some companies may cut corners and save time and money by not investing enough into researching and testing the safety of their products. This negligence may result in injuries and damages to consumers. A personal injury lawyer can guide you through the claims process to recover compensation for a defective product or vehicle component that caused you severe injuries.