It’s not too often that a car manufacturer refuses to carry out a recall requested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Yet this is exactly the bold move being made by Chrysler Group in regard to their Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys. The recall would impact 2.7 million SUVs.
According to the NHTSA, the design of the gas tank in models in 1993 to 2004 Grand Cherokees and 2002 to 2007 Libertys is dangerous and increases the risk of a fire during an accident. However, Chrysler contends that the design is acceptable and that it made no impact on those crashes since they were caused by high speeds and violent impact.
A request was made by the Center for Auto Safety for NHTSA to enforce a mandatory recall of the vehicles in question. The center has also claimed there have been 201 fiery car accidents involving 285 deaths with the Grand Cherokee.
Filing a Product Liability Claim When a Vehicle Defect Causes Injuries or Death
The dispute could be settled between NHTSA and Chrysler through further talks. If not, it may end up going to court.
But meanwhile, if someone ends up getting seriously injured or a loved one is killed and it’s believed that a defect in the design of the gas tank or other auto part was the cause, the victim or his or her family may file a claim to recover compensation for damages.
Whenever there is a question as to manufacturer liability, it’s a good idea to consult with an attorney who can assist with an injury case against the manufacturer. Going up against large corporations can be time-consuming, tiring, and financially depleting. Getting an attorney can help already struggling victims handle the burden. Contact the law firm of Gacovino, Lake & Associates to learn more about one’s right to pursue legal action.