Companies that develop consumer goods and products are often so eager to get new items to market that they don't always do adequate research or testing. The end result for failure to test products properly or ensure manufacturing quality is often a recall. Recalls happen when companies advise both the government and consumers that a product may have safety issues.
Typically, consumers can return recalled products for a refund, although, in some cases, replacement parts or products are the preferred solution. When a recall has to do with components used in a motor vehicle, the procedure almost invariably involves the requirement to report the issue and present the vehicle to a dealership for replacement.
Unfortunately, many people may end up hurt in preventable crashes before a recall even occurs. Those individuals likely have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer of the vehicle, the defective part or both.
Recent Kia and Hyundai recall demonstrates danger in inadequate product testing
Many times, companies choose to recall vehicle components after a series of accidents tied to a product defect. In most cases, these recalls involve both the private company and the federal government.
Despite the impact of the federal government shutdown, both Kia and Hyundai are moving ahead with a recall of approximately 168,000 vehicles. The companies will have the sole responsibility for reaching out to consumers and making arrangements for repairs and part replacements related to the recall.
In a somewhat ironic twist, this recall relates to a previous recall. Improper repairs during the previous recall may have resulted in exhaust issues that substantially increase the risk of engines catching fire. Those impacted by this recall will have to submit their vehicle for repairs and replacement parts.
Both automakers are also in the process of developing upgrades to their proprietary software systems. These upgrades will impact more than 3 million vehicles and will provide consumers with a warning when engine failure could be imminent.
Drivers hurt by defective car parts can bring a lawsuit
Whether you were driving your personal passenger vehicle at the time of a component failure or were driving for work, you likely have the legal right to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer or partmaker responsible for the defective vehicle component.
This area of law is incredibly complex. You will likely want to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney who understands defective product claims in Tennessee, as well as the complicated intersection of employment law and personal injury law as it relates to car crashes.
Understanding your rights is the first step toward developing a strategy for connecting with the compensation you deserve for injuries, property damage and lost wages after a crash caused by a defective vehicle component.