The worlds automotive companies employ some of the best and brightest engineers in the world. Each day they spend hours designing ways to make their company’s next vehicle sleeker and safer than the competition. If you paid attention in economics class you probably know that competition is generally good for the quality of a product, and the auto industry is no different. However, every now and then a car model is released too early, with no detection of a design or manufacturing defect, only to have it rear its ugly head later. When this happens companies have to work quickly to avoid someone getting hurt, and must work with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue a recall.
For most companies, making sure they put a safe and reliable product on the road is important, but passenger vehicles aren’t relied upon to save lives (directly anyways). A little over a week ago, Pierce Manufacturing Inc. announced that they will begin recalling specific model year 2007-2013 Velocity, Impel, and Dash CF emergency vehicles manufactured between the dates of June 6, 2007 and May 17, 2013. According to Pierce’s report, the springs within the outer door handles were not manufactured to be sufficiently stiff, which may cause inadvertent opening of the vehicles’ doors in certain cases. This violates the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 206, “Door Locks and Door Retention Components,” and could affect nearly 2,000 units.
Although the company has not yet issued a notification schedule, the report did state that in the coming days and weeks, Pierce will notify owners of the vehicles’ potential for danger, and dealers will begin replacing door latch springs free of charge to ensure that their customers are safely equipped. Owners are being asked to contact Pierce or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for more information, or go to www.safercar.gov to find out if this recall affects them.(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; SaferCar.gov)
Peirce did the responsible thing by issuing a prompt recall, and most of the time these actions are effective, with design defects being caught before someone is seriously hurt. Nevertheless, our lawyers know that sometimes this is not the case. We possess more than 150 years of combined experience representing the people of Chicago and Illinois in wrongful injury cases. When recalls do happen too late, people can be seriously hurt, or even killed. Our attorneys represented a family that who’s loved ones had been killed in a fuel fed car fire caused by an improperly designed fuel delivery system. Our lawyers were able to recover $3 million for our clients, allowing them to pay for final expenses and costs associated with their loss. If you or someone you know has been harmed because of a manufacturer design defect, your life may drastically change, and you may feel like you have nowhere to turn. Our lawyers will make sure that you able to take the actions you need to get your life back.