The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is an arm of the federal government whose mission is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce costs due to traffic crashes. The entity’s website lists many statistics illustrating its success, including a “safety success” of decreasing Massachusetts fatal car accidents in rural towns by 48% in 2015.
As part of its task of keeping people safe on America’s roadways, the NHTSA issues recalls of vehicles, car seats, tires, and equipment that may pose a risk to the public. Sometimes, a recall affects only a few products, but other times millions of consumers may potentially be affected. Either way, it pays to stay up to date on the latest information issued by the NHTSA.
Toyota Recalls 65,000 Tundras/Sequoias
On February 20, 2018, Toyota recalled nearly 65,000 vehicles due to an electronic stability control issue. Certain 2018 Tundras and Sequoias may experience deactivation of the vehicle’s electronic stability control system, due to electrical interference within the power supply circuit, according to the NHTSA’s website. The recall will begin next month, with Toyota notifying owners and dealers of the problem. A free update of the vehicle’s software will reportedly take care of the problem.
A week earlier, Toyota recalled nearly 12,000 2018 Camrys, stating that the vehicles have a potential problem with their fuel delivery pipes, such that an improper connection to the fuel hose in the engine compartment could cause a fire. Owners will be notified to take their cars to a dealer for an inspection and, if necessary, a correction of the faulty installation.
Surprising Number of Vehicles Susceptible to Fire
Late last year, another auto maker recalled around 1 million vehicles due to the risk of fire. In two separate recalls, luxury car maker BMW notified consumers that some 2006-2011 BMWs had wiring and electrical conductor issues in their climate control system that were vulnerable to overheating and that some 2008-2011 vehicles could experience a short-circuit in the positive crankcase ventilation system.
While the risk of fire was described as “extremely rare,” the company told owners to park their cars outside, rather than in a garage in which a structure fire could occur, until repairs were made as part of the recall.
Get Started on Your Personal Injury Case
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, we represent those who have been injured or lost loved ones in a Cape Cod motor vehicle accident, including crashes or collisions caused by a possible product defect. To schedule an appointment to discuss your case with us, call 888-262-6664. There is no charge for the consultation, so there is no reason to delay in scheduling a case review. Since the statute of limitations and the statute of repose limit your time for filing a claim, it is important to seek counsel as soon as possible if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident.
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