As auto accident attorneys, we know that cars have hundreds of parts that could potentially contribute to serious injury or wrongful death in automobile accidents. Sometimes even the simplest design defects can lead to a potentially serious car accident.
In that light, here are some of the latest safety recalls and new defect investigations conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
(As always, recalls require repairs to be made by the automaker without charge.)
Volkswagen said that although the rear spoiler on its 2007-9 Touareg may seem to be firmly attached, it could come loose because some of the fastening struts could crack. In total, about 14,400 vehicles were being recalled. Volkswagen told the NHTSA it had reports of failures in Europe but none in the United States.
BMW is recalling about 2,300 of its 2008 one and three Series vehicles. A wiring problem in those models could keep the side-impact air bag and seatbelt tensioner on the passenger side from working properly in an auto accident. If you are involved in a car accident and an airbag does not go off as designed, you or a loved could be seriously injured.
Honda is recalling some of its 2001 Civics, Accords and Acura TLs because of a faultly driver-side air bag (it might rupture). The automaker said the inflator could produce excessive pressure and metal fragments could pass through the air bag cushion materials possibly causing injury. Chris Martin, a Honda spokesman, said the automaker was still trying to determine the number of vehicles affected.
As car accident attorneys, we understand that nothing is made perfectly. Car accidents are caused by design imperfections every year. No driver is ever 100% confident in the vehicle they drive, and car accidents causing serious injury or wrongful death. That is why it is always a good idea to keep up to date on auto part recalls.
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