Motor vehicle defects sometimes go undetected for years. Even after numerous
deaths and injuries are caused by a motor vehicle defect, victims and
their families may never find out that the auto manufacturer was to blame.
This is why it is important for any Brooklyn driver who is injured by
an auto defect to report the incident. Victims may also wish to pursue
claims for damages by way of a personal injury lawsuit.
The most recent automobile defects to make the news relate to General Motors
SUVs, pickup trucks and compact cars. So far, GM has recalled a total
of 4.8 million vehicles in 2014 alone. The recalls relate to various defects,
and some of them relating to GM's Chevrolet Cobalt have been blamed
for 13 auto accident deaths.
Recently, GM announced the recall of even more vehicles -- namely, 172,000
cars and 490,000 SUVs and pickup trucks. The cars have a problem that
could cause their half-shaft axles to break. The trucks and SUVs have
a fluid leak issue that could cause a vehicle fire. GM claims that no
deaths or injuries have yet to be reported in association with the latest recalls.
The most dangerous part of a motor vehicle defect is the fact that most
drivers do not know their vehicle has one. This is why it is essential
for auto manufacturers to notify their customers immediately, as soon
as a dangerous defect is identified. Brooklyn drivers who believe they
or their loved one have been harmed by an auto defect may be entitled
to restitution under the law. Just like any other type of personal injury
claim, those who are hurt because of the negligence of an automaker can
seek financial assistance to pay for disability, injury, costs and damages
that have been caused by that negligence.
Source: The New York Times, "G.M. Recall Total in 2014 Reaches 4.8 Million",
Christopher Jensen, March 29, 2014