No one sets out to purchase a lemon or defective vehicle.
A motor vehicle is recalled when it or one of its parts could pose a serious threat to passengers and those around them.
Some recalls are voluntary efforts by a manufacturer, while others are mandatory recalls imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While some of these recalls are minor or regulatory compliance issues that can be fixed with one trip to the dealer, others are serious problems that pose a threat to you and your passengers if they are not fixed.
General Motors Co recently announced that it was recalling 490,000 trucks and 172,000 compact cars – making a total of 4.8 million vehicles recalled during the first three months of the year.
The most recent recall involves the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups, as well as the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL with six-speed automatic transmissions.
The latest concern involves a loose fitting for the transmission’s oil cooler line, which could allow oil leaks and possibly lead to fires. The Company is aware of three fires, but no injuries linked to the defect.
Other vehicles being recalled include the 2013-2014 Cruze models with 1.4 liter four-cylinder engines. The Company said that the right-front axle half-shaft could break, cutting power to the front wheels, although the engine would continue to run and the steering and brakes would still function. They are aware of several dozen incidents, but not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem.
These vehicles are in addition to the ones previously recalled, including Chevrolet Cobalt and HHRs, Saturn Ions and Skys, and Pontiac G5s and Solstices to replace ignition switches that can be inadvertently jostled out of position, potentially causing air bags not to deploy in the event of a crash.
General Motors Co. has had many recalls in a short period of time.
If your motor vehicle or one of its parts has been recalled, the manufacturer has a legal obligation to try its best to notify you and to fix the problem for free. If you have been in an accident due to a recalled automobile or auto part, you are entitled to hold the manufacturer liable for your injuries, medical bills and other expenses.
Contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck for the help you need at this stressful time.