Last year, an estimated 6,283 pedestrians were killed by vehicles in the U.S. It was the highest number of pedestrian deaths since 1990.
Auto Product Liability can be a contributing factor in a car accident. We have been hearing about the dangers of Takata air bags for years. Some of these devices have inflators that become unstable and explode with so much force that metal shards are sent flying through vehicles. This can cause serious or even fatal injuries. Air bags are intended to save lives, not cause serious harm or wrongful death.
Accidents with autonomous vehicles involve auto product liability. The movement toward autonomous vehicles (AV) has slowed down in the past year. Many experts point to the fatal accident in which an Uber test vehicle, with a person behind the wheel, struck and killed a pedestrian.
Regular visitors to our blog appreciate that we address a wide array of issues, including injuries due to faulty air bags. Concerns over faulty Takata air bags have been noted as far back as 2015.
You don't have to be involved in a car accident or collision to be at risk of serious personal injury when you are on the road. Whether driving across Florida from east to west, or from north to south, danger exists if a defective part in your vehicle fails without warning.
Recalls and auto product liability can affect millions of vehicle owners. The recalls from 2017 covered over 42 million vehicles, while the recalls from 2018 have thus far covered over 29 million vehicles.
Two of General Motors' popular light trucks are being subject to a recall to correct a potentially serious steering problem. Tampa owners of the 2014 GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado and elsewhere are urged to take their vehicles to the nearest GM dealer to have the problem corrected as soon as possible. The repairs will be performed free of charge to the customer.
Florida residents who own a vehicle made by Hyundai or Kia should be aware that the companies are preparing to issue a recall that is expected to affect more than a million vehicles that were sold in the United States and South Korea. The automakers made the announcement on April 7 after the vehicles were reported to have engine issues.
A defective vehicle part can be a contributing factor in a car accident and any resulting injuries. Florida drivers should be aware that Ford Motor Co. has stated that it will issue recalls for approximately 441,000 vehicles to repair defects. The recalls will be for certain models of the Fusion sedans and the Escape sport-utility vehicles.
Florida residents who drive an Audi A5 coupe or convertible or Q5 SUV may soon receive recall notifications in the mail. The German car maker has announced that 576,921 vehicles are being recalled due to overheating engines and leaky sunroofs. The recalls, which are expected to begin on Feb. 20, were prompted by reports made to the NHTSA about smoldering engines and airbags that deployed unexpectedly.