There have been more recalls of cars being driven by trusting souls on American roads in the past year than ever before, and that’s shocking. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over TWICE as many vehicles were recalled last year than in the previous record-breaking year of 2004, when 30,800,000 vehicles were recalled for product problems.
Fortune Magazine calls 2014 “the year of the recall.”
This is bad for all of us. Recalls in 2014 did not involve new cars fresh off the assembly line that needed a fix, for the most part. The great majority of recalls last year involved cars, trucks, SUVs, and minivans that had been on the road for awhile. Some, as long as 10 years.
These vehicles may well have been involved in car crashes and traffic accidents where the recall problem was the real reason that the accident occurred, but fault was found to lie with one of the drivers. These drivers may need to revisit those assessments of liability and determine if they now have a claim against the car maker for what has happened to them.
Additionally, in accidents happening now and in the future, the possibility that the fault for the crash lies with an inherent product defect involved in one of these recalls also has to be considered.
It Gets Worse: Now, Recalls Aren’t Enough
This week, things got even more serious. The federal government announced that some recalls — impacting over 2,000,000 vehicles on U.S. roads — did not work. Now, they are RECALLING THE RECALLS.
That’s right. Scary, isn’t it?
Over two million Acura, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Pontiac, and Toyota vehicles are being recalled because their airbags may suddenly deploy. This is dangerous! It’s also something that was supposed to be fixed in the car manufacturers’ original recalls.
“This is unfortunately a complicated issue for consumers, who may have to return to their dealer more than once,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “But this is an urgent safety issue, and all consumers with vehicles covered by the previous recalls should have that remedy installed. Even though it’s a temporary solution until the new remedy is available, they and their families will be safer if they take the time to learn if their vehicle is covered and follow their manufacturers’ instructions. A hassle is much better than a family tragedy.”
To check to see if your vehicle is involved here, call NHTSA’s Safety Hotline ((888) 327-4236).
For more information, visit the Kenneth J. Allen Law Group web site resource pages for Car Accident Injuries.