Lately, we have informed our readers about product liability as it relates to the large automakers, and the defective vehicles that have gone into the marketplace and endangered consumers. Now, we bring you news of yet another automaker that has put dangerous products into the stream of commerce, and as a result, into the daily lives of people who are unknowingly in harm’s way.
In a recent article by USA Today, the American automaker, Chrysler, is involved in a large recall for various Jeep and Dodge SUVs for brake problems. This is the second recall in the same month for the company, but is much larger than the first. The current recall involves a brake defect in Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos, and involves 867,795 vehicles of the 2011 to 2014 models. These vehicles were built between January 5, 2010 through September 8, 2013. Of the 867,795 vehicles, 644,354 were sold within the United States. Reports have stated that brake booster corrosion in the vehicles can let water inside of the booster, which as a result, can cause freezing and impair braking capabilities.
Investigations originally began last year in May. Complaints were received regarding pedal pressure. It was later discovered that the brake boosters have small crimp joints that can corrode, which results in decreased brake vacuum boost and then needs excessive pedal pressure. After the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration contacted Chrysler about brake and corrosion complaints, the auto company completed investigations finding that the freezing cut brake function and increased the risks of a crash.
This is an especially important product liability issue as brakes are vital to driving and being safe on the road. Vehicles are exposed to all sorts of weather, especially here in the Midwest and Chicago. Drivers do not only use their vehicles in sunny weather, but in snow and rain as well. Car manufacturers are aware that vehicles are used in and exposed to water, be it weather, car washes, or staying overnight in one’s driveway. Due to this knowledge and awareness, it is not excusable that a company places defective parts on a car that when exposed to water – a natural condition for a car to be around – that brakes will become unreliable and place the drivers and passengers in danger. If a vehicle cannot properly brake, then the vehicle also cannot come to a timely stop, thereby increasing likelihoods of collisions and accidents, putting drivers and others on the road at serious risk of personal injuries and death.
Our attorneys understand and fight for consumer safety through product liability lawsuits. Through our advocacy we have helped many obtain fair and just compensation for the injuries and hardships they have suffered from a company negligently placing a defective product in the market. If you have been harmed by a dangerous product, whether it be an automobile, pharmaceutical, food, etc., you may be able to hold the manufacturer liable for the harms caused to you from their negligence. Call our firm today for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your potential legal claim with you.