For some individuals, having a vehicle that fails to function correctly is a matter of convenience. Their daily routines may be altered when they realize that their vehicles are not reliable. For instance, they may have to rely on someone else to transport them or public transportation. However, in other cases, having a vehicle that does not operate correctly is a matter of life and death. If someone is injured or even killed as a result of an auto defect in West Virginia, the company could be held liable.
Three automobile companies recently have issued recalls on their products. One is Nissan, which announced that two models of its Infiniti car could stall while on the move. This problem affects more than 160,000 cars from the 2006 to 2010 model years. Sensors on accelerator pedals might send wrong signals to the engine, thus causing the issue.
In addition, Toyota is recalling more than 600,000 Sienna minivans because a problem with a mechanism may cause the vehicles to roll away even while they are parked. Finally, Mazda also has issues a recall on nearly 100,000 sedans that could open while in motion. Door latching screws need to be replaced and made tighter.
When auto defects are not pinpointed early, both drivers and passengers can experience debilitating injuries or loss of life. Although public recalls help to prevent this from happening in the future, it cannot undo any injuries or deaths that have already occurred. An injured person or the family of a person who has died as a result of an auto defect in West Virginia can rightfully file a civil lawsuit seeking monetary damages.
Source: CNN Money, Nissan, Mazda recall cars, Gregory Wallace, Sept. 29, 2013