Driving on our roadways may now be more dangerous than ever with a number of recent vehicle-related safety recalls. Defective vehicle products can greatly increase your risk of being involved in a car accident in West Palm Beach and elsewhere throughout the United States, especially if you never hear about these recalls.
Luckily, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers consumers with a list of recalls. These recalls can be independently conducted by a manufacturer or ordered by the Administration. On their website, you can access public reports describing a number of safety-related defects of vehicle records or noncompliance with federal motor vehicle safety standards.
Our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys urge that all residents sign up, through the agency’s website, for government alerts regarding major events that result in a recall determination, a description of the remedy and a schedule for the recall. Vehicle recalls can occur because of defective manufacturing of vehicles, tire, car seats, etc.
The NHTSA’s job isn’t done after they’ve informed the consumer about these recalls. They follow-up to ensure that the manufacturers provide owners safe, free, and effective remedies according to the Safety Act and Federal regulations.
An NTSHA recall notification letter contains the following information:
-A description of the defect or noncompliance.
-A description of the potential risks or hazards posed by the problem. This includes any warning signs of the problem.
-A description of the free remedy, including when the remedy will be available and how long the repair will take.
-A description of what the vehicle’s owner can do if they’re unable to have the problem fixed within a reasonable time and without charge.
Safety Defect/Noncompliance Notices Received in June:
-Volvo is recalling 2010 S60 models because the fuel pump may not be compatible with all fuel pumps and components. The result is an insufficient fuel transfer in the pump unit.
-Porsche is recalling 2010-2011 911 Turbo, Turbo S, GT3, GT3 RS and GT2 RS because the center locking hub and wheel assemblies can wear prematurely.
-Affinia is recalling their aftermarket front suspension lower ball joints.
-BMW has recalled certain models of their 2011 X3’s because the control module in the electric power steering unit could malfunction. This malfunction could result in a sudden loss of power steering.
-Kawasaki is recalling their 2009-2010 KLX250 motorcycles because the fuel tank could leak from cracks at the spot welds on the side mount tabs.
-Ducati is recalling 2011 Diavel motorcycles because the brass inserts installed in the chain can deform over time.
-Mazda has recalled the 2008-2009 models of the Mazda3 and the Mazdaspeed3 because the ground terminal of the windshield wiper could have been inadvertently bent when it was initially assembled.
-GMC is recalling 2011 Cadillac Escalades,Chevrolet Silverado HD, Silverado LD, Suburban and the Tahoe because the immediate steering shaft attaching bolts may not have been tightened correctly.
-Toyota has recalled its 2011 Siennas and Venzas because of the possibility that the front drive shaft could break because of insufficient heat treatment.
Luckily, there were no tire or car seat recalls in June. For more updates, please register with the NHTSA. Staying updated with recent vehicle recalls can help to keep you and your family safe on our roadways.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving defective parts or recalled vehicles in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach or the surrounding areas, contact the personal injury lawyers at Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez. Call for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights at 1-800-529-2368.
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