Many Americans rely on their vehicles every day for basic needs. Our cars take us to and from work and school and picking up members of our family from Point A to Point B. Our cars are our source of transportation when we need to do our chores, like going to the grocery store and getting food for our family. When we buy a vehicle, we trust that it is safe and reliable and there to make our lives easier, not put us and our loved ones in the way of danger.
According to a recent article by Daily Finance, over 566,000 vehicles have been recalled by Fiat Chrysler for fire and electrical safety issues. There has been an issue with Fiat Chrysler trucks and SUVs where malfunctioning fuel heaters have caused fires and a software glitch has disabled the electronic stability control of the vehicle. After this recall, the company’s total recalls for the year now reach 6.4 million vehicles worldwide, and 5.1 million of these are in the United States alone.
The article further explains the defects with the engines in trucks and electrical systems in the SUVs. In trucks that have a 6.7-Liter Cummins diesel engine (such as numerous Ram models), corrosion on a fuel heater could cause overheating, fuel leaks, and resulting fires. Owners should be aware of odors of diesel fuel signifying danger. In the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, debris cover over the circuit board in the steering column could disrupt communications and disable stability control. Customers have reported seeing their stability control warning lights come on.
If your vehicle does not operate properly and causes you injury at no fault of your own, this may be because the vehicle manufacturer was negligent by placing a defective and dangerous product in the marketplace. In doing so, the manufacturer has breached its legal duty to its customers by failing to properly inspect its vehicles for defects and dangers, by not warning customers of known dangers, and failing to remove the dangerous vehicle from the stream of commerce. Where this occurs, an injured customer can hold the manufacturer liable in a product liability lawsuit.
Our attorneys have successfully represented clients in the past in product liability lawsuits regarding unsafe vehicles. In one case, we recovered a $3 million settlement against a car manufacturer of a vehicle that improperly designed the fuel delivery system of a vehicle. This resulted in a fuel-fed fire after a head-on collision that killed the occupants of the vehicle. But for this dangerous defect, there would have not been a fire, and the victims of the accident would have a much higher chance of survival and may still even be with us today.
If you are someone you love has been the victim of an injury from a dangerous product, it is important that you contact a legal professional. Having over 20 years of experience in product liability lawsuits, our attorneys are proud to represent clients and bring them justice and bring about positive change in the marketplace with safer products when holding manufacturers responsible. Call us today for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your potential case with you.