Defective auto parts can cause crashes and can contribute to injuries in a crash. The latter is why Chrysler issued a vehicle recall of almost half a million cars.
The issue is with malfunctioning microcontrollers in head restraints, which are supposed to reduce the risk of a neck injury in a rear-end collision. They work by moving forward when a vehicle is struck from behind, redirecting the force when the head makes contact. But because the part is “potentially faulty,” it necessitates a recall in order to prevent physical harm.
The recall affects the following makes and models:
- Dodge Nitro (2011-2012);
- Dodge Avenger (2011-2013);
- Jeep Liberty (2011-2013);
- Chrysler 200 (2011-2013); and
- Chrysler Sebring (2011-2013).
Just last month Chrysler was the subject of another recall when it finally agreed to comply with demands made over a fire hazard in certain Jeep Libertys and Jeep Grand Cherokees. Despite resisting the original request for a recall, they later reversed that decision.
Defective Auto Parts May Lead to Filing a Product Liability Claim
When a defect has an increased risk of causing an accident or injuries, it could become the subject of a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) enforces recalls. But when a defect actually does lead to injuries, then it may result in filing a product liability claim.
Manufacturers, dealerships, engineers and other parties in the chain of distribution could be named in a claim. Whereas negligence must be proven in personal injury claims, all that needs to be established to file a claim against the manufacturer of a defective product is that a defect existed and it was the cause of injuries.
To learn if an individual or the family of an injured victim has the right to pursue compensation, contact an attorney from Gacovino, Lake & Associates. We will evaluate the details of the accident and injuries and help file the claim or lawsuit.