Even those buying high end vehicles are not immune from the risk of defective product injuries. According to NBC NEWS, the automaker is recalling more than 175,000 vehicles from 2012 to 2013 because of a problem with the power brake system. The recall includes the 1 Series, 3 Series and 5 Series sedans, as well as the X1 and X3 crossovers and Z4 sports car.
The company claims that, in rare cases, there can potentially be an interruption with the oil supply to a part that can cause drivers to lose their power braking assist. The brakes will still work in these cases, but the driver would have to press much harder on the brake pedal. This accounts for more than 76,000 vehicles in the U.S.
Our Montgomery injury lawyers understand that owners of the vehicles will be notified by mail. Unfortunately, this recall is not particularly large or unique. Earlier this month Chrysler announced the recall of 132,000 SUVs to address software issues that may result in a blackout of instrument panel lighting.
Yamaha motorcycles, Honda Odysseys, BMWs, Suzukis, Fords and Toyota have also announced recent recalls. In some cases, these recalls may be little more than an inconvenience. But in a substantial number of cases the recalled vehicle poses a threat to the health and safety of motorists.
According to BMW, drivers who lose power brake assist should pull over and call for roadside assistance.
Whether it’s a brake system or a seat belt, these defects can accompany life-threatening consequences.
As consumers, we expect the money we spend for our vehicles will ensure us a safe ride. Unfortunately, that’s too often not the case. We encourage car owners and purchasers to visit SaferCar.gov. Here, you can find vehicle defect and recall information, including information for tires, car seats or various equipment.
You can even check the status of recalls from the convenience of you cellular phone. Thanks to officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), you can access SaferCar.gov on your iPhone.
Federal officials, engineers and investigators continuously look into problems reported by consumers to help ensure that motorists stay safe on our nation’s roads and highways.
Common problems caused by defective motor vehicles:
-SUVs that are prone to rollover.
-Vehicles sold with tires that are likely to blow out.
-Motorcycles that have a “wobble” when drive at high speeds.
-All terrain vehicles (ATVs) that are prone to rolling over.
If your vehicle (or your vehicle’s equipment) is found to be defective, you have the right to have the situation remedied, and the vehicle/equipment manufacturer and dealer must take steps to ensure that those rights are protected. Also, the law requires manufacturers to make a good faith attempt at contacting owners. For an overview of your rights to recall remedies, visit the NHTSA.
If you’re looking to purchase a new vehicle, safety should always be on your wish list. Make sure you check current recalls and safety alerts before driving off the lot.
Call Allred & Allred P.C. at 334.396.9200 to speak with a personal injury attorney today.
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