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An auto defect can have serious consequences for the vehicle’s owner as well as the occupants of the vehicle at the time the defect occurs. While most auto companies do try to take action to recall defective vehicles, sometimes the damage has already been done. A recent auto defect involving a Kia Sorento could affect West Virginia residents.

A recall has been issued for the vehicle after the company determined the front axle can fail. This particular recall involves 9,700 SUVs. If the axle fails while the SUV is in action, it can cause a power failure. Should the vehicle be parked when the axle fails, it could roll away which could cause injury or property damage as well as damage to the vehicle itself.

The Kia recall was announced the same day Hyundai recalled its Santa Fe Sport. As it turns out, both vehicles were made in the same plant. While Kia did acknowledge they had received a complaint as well as warranty claims, they did not report if any injuries had occurred to date.

Any West Virginia resident that owns one of the named vehicles that feels they have been a victim of an auto defect may want to investigate their rights under the applicable state laws. Most auto owners buy with the comfort that they are purchasing a safe vehicle. When that turns out not to be the situation, monetary compensation could be a reasonable expectation. With an understanding of the appropriate laws and a knowledge of the best way to move forward with any necessary action, a person can be hopeful for a positive outcome.

Source: Auto World News, Kia Sorento Recall: 10,000 SUVs Called Back Over Front Axle Failure, Matt Mercuro, Aug. 23, 2013