The General Motors Corporation has issued a recall to nearly 1.5 million cars manufactured between 1997 and 2003. The recall was initiated to correct a defective engine problem that has the potential to result in wrongful death from fire or explosion.
The GM Corporation was established over 100 years ago and has become the second-ranked auto maker trailing Toyota. However, since 2000, General Motors has had three recalls (2002, 2004 and 2009). Three GM model cars (Buick Regal, Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Oldsmobile Intrigue) have been mentioned in all three recalls.
Our products liability attorneys feel the need to ask how many times do they need to get this done correctly without problems?
This recall relates to certain mid- and full-size cars under Chevrolet, Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac brands. According to a safety recall announcement by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the models and years associated with the recall include 1997-2003 Buick Regals; 1998-2003 Chevrolet Luminas, Monte Carlos and Impalas; 1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigues; and 1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix.
The problem involves a potential for oil to leak on the exhaust manifold, the part of the car that takes engine exhaust from the engine to the exhaust pipe, during hard braking. When a car operates under normal conditions, the manifold can get very hot. Oil running underneath the heat shield could ignite and spread to the plastic that holds spark plug wires could easily cause car accidents and burn injuries.
Many drivers were lucky because this recall was initiated before serious tragedy struck. However, we think that cars should be made right the first time rather than made and recalled over and over again. These cars already have enough potential to cause serious injury or wrongful death car accidents.
Auto parts with design defects cause many car accidents each year, and these types of automobile accidents cause not only property damage, but bodily harm to people. Our product liability attorneys, in their experience, too often, a car manufacturer will do what we believe is an insane cost-benefit analysis, which goes something like this: how much will the recall cost vis-à-vis how much will the auto manufacturer have to pay out in product liability wrongful death lawsuits.
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