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Although technology has made vehicles safer, more comfortable, and easier to operate, they are not perfect. Sometimes vehicles contain defective auto parts that can lead to serious injuries or even death. When a manufacturer, driver, passenger, or dealership discovers an auto part defect and reports it to the government, an auto recall could be issued. Below is a list of some of the major auto parts recalls that occurred in 2017.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a defective auto part that has been part of a recall, you should contact the Alabama car accident lawyers at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. today at (205) 933-1500.
In April of 2017, Toyota recalled 228,000 of its 2016 and 2017 Tacoma pickup trucks because they featured rear differentials that may have broken down, causing drivers to lose control of their vehicles. According to Toyota, the rear differentials – which send power to the rear wheels – may leak oil.
Hyundai and Kia recalled 1.4 million cars and SUVs due to engines that may fail, stall, and increase the risk of an accident. This May 2017 recall covered 2013 and 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport SUVs and Sonata midsize sedans. Also included in this recall were Kia Optima midsize sedans manufactured between 2011 and 2014, 2011 to 2013 Kia Sportage SUVs, and Kia Sorento SUVs manufactured between 2012 and 2014.
In July 2017, Honda issued a recall of 1.2 million Accord models that were produced between the years of 2013 to 2016 that featured flawed battery sensors that may short out and cause an engine fire. Honda stated that these sensors may not be properly sealed against moisture. Over time, moisture may introduce road salt and other materials into these sensors, causing rust, electrical sensor shortening, and potential fires.
The Takata airbag recall, which began in 2008, has been named “the largest and most complex safety recall in U.S. history” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Takata airbags that were installed by 19 different auto manufacturers may explosively deploy, and as a result – injure or kill vehicle drivers and/or passengers. After filing for bankruptcy in June of 2017, Takata announced a recall that involved 2.7 million vehicles from Ford, Mazda, and Nissan that contained calcium sulfate – which poses an explosion risk.
In August of 2017, Volkswagen announced a recall that involved 281,000 CC sedans manufactured from 2009 through 2016, and Passat sedans and wagons manufactured during 2006 to 2010. These vehicles contained fuel pumps that may have failed, causing the Volkswagen vehicles to suddenly stall. Volkswagen explained that the fuel pump control computer in these vehicles may lose electrical power and stop gas from flowing, causing the engine to stop as a result.
If you have sustained a serious injury or lost a loved one in a car accident that you believe was caused by a recalled or dangerous auto part, it is in your best interest to contact the Alabama car accident lawyers at Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C. today at (205) 933-1500. With offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, and Montgomery, our attorneys will travel anywhere across the state of Alabama to investigate the details of your case and may be able to help you obtain compensation for your damages.