When we get behind the wheel of our car or truck, we depend on it to perform well in spite of the demands of the road. And yet, every day, motorists just like you are involved in serious accidents due to defective vehicle parts. Too many people are driving a defective vehicle which could cause serious accidents with injuries. There have been a record number of defective automobile recalls in recent years. Even though manufacturers issue most of their recalls, they typically happen after problems are reported and people have been injured.
At Neale & Fhima, our seasoned Southern California defective vehicle and Lemon Law attorneys have represented many clients who have been forced to deal with serious, life-threatening injuries due to a faulty vehicle part that caused a serious accident. If you’ve been hurt in a wreck that was caused by a defective part, or if a loved one has been injured, or even killed in a recalled vehicle, we can help make sure the manufacturers are held responsible for those injuries and other legal damages.
In 2014, 62 million U.S. vehicles were recalled, according to Consumer Reports. That’s 25 percent of all the cars on U.S. roads. Some of the largest in automotive history include:
And we all remember the recall of 6.5 million Firestone tires in 2000 — the second largest tire recall in U.S. history — in response to complaints that they were linked to fatal crashes involving sport utility vehicles — primarily Ford Explorers. The vast majority of these events were in the southern U.S. states of Arizona, California, Florida and Texas. It was later discovered that there was a direct correlation between heat, tire tread performance and the Explorers’ suspensions.
We also note two 2017 recalls of autos with faulty brakes. Volkswagen recalled nearly 770,000 cars worldwide in July due to a problem with their braking control systems that necessitated a software update. And in April, Tesla recalled nearly two-thirds of its vehicles made in 2016 (53,000 Models S and Model X) over defective parking brakes
Another publication, Your Car Mechanic, ran the numbers and came up with the Top 10 Most Recalled Car Brands since 2004. The top three were:
Rounding out the Top 10 we find:
Though airbags have been in vehicles for around 40 years, needless injuries still occur. The most vulnerable are passengers who weigh less than 100 pounds. This includes many children and infants. Violently inflating airbags can seriously harm them within a zone extending as much as 18 to 24 inches horizontally from the instrument panel toward the child or safety seat.
The ongoing Takata airbag recall, where the devices suddenly burst forth for no reason, has amplified this defect. The brutal “shock” of deployment delivers a massive blow to a young child in the passenger seat, regardless of whether or not the child was wearing a seatbelt or is safely strapped into a protective car seat or booster. A variety of serious injuries can occur to young children, many of which can be permanently debilitating, and even fatal.
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Neale & Fhima are able to help if you or a loved one has been injured in a faulty vehicle accident. Take action to secure fair and just compensation for the injuries that you’ve suffered. We offer free, confidential consultations to accident victims throughout Southern California. Reach out to us today for a free review of your case by calling (888) 407-2955, or contact our personal injury attorneys online.