In this year, GM recalled over 8 million vehicles due to a faulty ignition switch that the company was made aware of several years prior, but declined to initiate a recall then which could have saved over a hundred lives, spared the company millions of dollars and public shame.
Last Thursday General Motors agreed to pay $575 million to settle hundreds of civil lawsuits filed against them due to the faulty car ignition switches, which resulted in 1,385 wrongful death and injury cases.
Any defective product can be dangerous, but defective and recalled parts in automobiles can cause very serious accidents. Defects that affect braking ability, maneuverability, lights or other parts of your vehicle can be fatal at certain speeds.
To determine if your vehicle has been involved in a recall, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) allows consumers to search for current or previous recalls through their website. A quick search will let you know if your automobile is subject to a recall. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident and your vehicle is not listed as part of a recall, and you believe that your accident was caused by a manufacture defect, the attorneys’ at The Perecman Firm can help you initiate the recall process.
The NHTSA has a four step process for evaluating products for potential recalls and this process can be started by consumers or their representatives. If you want to learn more about reporting a possible defect, you can get more information about the process through the NHTSA. Complaints can be filed online, via mail or via telephone.
Motor vehicle accidents can happen for a number of reasons. If you have been injured in a auto accident, you should consult with an experienced New York vehicle defects and recalls lawyer today. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, a knowledgeable attorney can help you prove that it was caused by a part that is currently under a recall, or can help you determine if a recall might be appropriate if multiple accidents like yours have occurred.
Call The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. to discuss the specifics of your accident and whether or not a defective part, or a part subject to a recall, may have played a part in your accident and injuries. We offer free consultations, all it will cost you to speak with us is a few minutes of your time. Call us today and let us help you.