Our San Diego car accident lawyer understands the many risks facing drivers on area roadways. Not only do travelers face potential run-ins with negligent drivers, by their own vehicle may be harboring hidden dangers. For example, General Motors (GM) issued a recall this week for certain vehicles due to a failure to conform to safety requirements. The affected vehicles are some 2012 model year Chevrolet Equinoxes and some GMC Terrain Vehicles. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between July 18, 2011 through September 6, 2011. The reason for the recall is that on these particular vehicles, the tire pressure warning light does not activate until more than 25% of tire pressure has been lost. Normally, the light should activate as soon as the 25% loss threshold has been met.
Low tire pressure is a very serious issue that drivers cannot afford to ignore. Low tire pressure can cause blowouts, which can be extremely dangerous, especially at high speeds. A tire blowout can cause a total loss of control of the vehicle. In some cases where tire blowouts occurred at high speed on a highway, the vehicle has spun out of control and crossed into other traffic lanes. The effects of an impact like this are often fatal, and if not fatal, they almost always result in severe injuries to the victims involved. Automobile manufacturers have worked to install the latest in safety design and features, but they cannot combat the devastation that occurs when two or more vehicles collide at 65 miles per hour.
If you believe your vehicle could be one of those affected, you should take it to your local GM dealer immediately. Your dealer will be able to determine whether or not it is one of the vehicles subject to recall, and if necessary, the tire pressure warning light will be repaired for free.
The San Diego injury lawyer our firm knows that when manufacturing defects like this one occur, the hope is that all of the affected vehicles can be recalled quickly and repaired before any accidents occur. However, sometimes these kinds of defects do result in injuries or even deaths before they can be discovered and remedied. When injuries or death do occur as a result of a manufacturing defect, the victims may be entitled to compensation through a San Diego products liability lawsuit. Under California law, the manufacturer of a defective product that causes injury or death to a person because of its defect can be held liable for the victim’s medical bills and other financial losses, as well as any pain and suffering and emotional damage.
If you have experienced a car accident injury and think that a defect in your own vehicle or any other vehicles that were involved in the crash may have been the cause of the accident, you should speak to a legal professional as soon as possible after your crash. California allows only a limited time following a motor vehicle injury or death during which a claim may be filed. Additionally, sometimes vehicles involved in crashes are destroyed. It is important to ensure that all of the vehicles from the crash are preserved until a determination as to the existence of a defect can be properly made. Our San Diego car accident attorney can help make sure that the evidence for your case is preserved and assist you in getting the compensation you deserve for your injuries. If you have been injured in a car crash, please call our office today to schedule your free initial consultation.
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