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