Unfortunately, 2014 has been a very bad year when it comes to automotive recalls.
General Motors has recalled millions of vehicles over ignition switch defects, which have allegedly resulted in deaths and personal injuries. In the GM case, it appears as though errors with the switches can lead directly to the engine of vehicles shutting off.
More recently, in a frightening recall, millions of vehicles with Takata airbags have been recalled worldwide. The airbags have allegedly been linked to personal injury and death cases, as they reportedly open with too much force and can spray occupants with metal shrapnel.
According to CNBC, the airbag recall has affected more than 8 million vehicles from 11 different automakers.
Critics have slammed the U.S. recall efforts, saying that the companies involved have chosen to recall vehicles affected in high areas of humidity like Florida, Puerto Rico and Guam, rather than doing it nationwide, as data has suggested that the failures are more likely to occur in these regions.
For the moment, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is standing by its actions.
“We have taken an aggressive and relatively unprecedented step by forcing a regional recall on limited information and we will not rest until we know the full geographic scope of the problem,” said Brian Farber, a representative for NHTSA, in a statement, according to CNBC.
Can I Sue If My Loved One Is Injured in a Recalled Vehicle?
Remember, if you are involved in an accident involving a recalled vehicle, you should speak to our Nashville personal injury lawyer. He can help you obtain damages for serious injuries, like spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or broken bones.
If you feel as though a defective auto part is at fault for an accident involving you or a loved one, call our office today to schedule a free case review.
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” – Proverbs 18:10
Davis’ Words of Wisdom: The average lifespan of a vehicle is 11 years, which includes the transfer of the automobile to different owners.