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Airbag, brake problems among causes for auto recalls

Each time individuals get into their vehicles, they are operating on complete faith. They expect each component to function correctly so that they get to their destinations and return home in one piece. People's faith, however, is being tested lately in the wake of many auto recalls stemming from problems such as a brake problem or airbag issue. If an automobile fails to work properly, this can result in a serious crash involving critical injuries and even death in West Virginia.

The auto industry has gotten a bad reputation recently, due at least in part to Toyota's recall of 6.4 million automobiles throughout the world. In addition, General Motors recently recalled 6.3 million vehicles, thus sparking concerns among consumers. These types of recalls often take place due to defective manufacturing processes or software mistakes. In addition, modular parts are sparking many issues despite the fact that they can be conveniently used in many different vehicle models.

Part of the reason behind more recalls is that companies are being overly cautious and simply want to fix any discovered problems as quickly as possible, according to researchers. In fact, nearly 70 percent of recalls in 2012 stemmed from automakers' decisions rather than from customer complaints. During this same year, 45 percent more vehicles were recalled than sold in America.

If a problem with an airbag or other vehicle part isn't caught early on, a person may end up suffering an injury or dying in a vehicle accident caused by the auto defect. This situation can cause emotional distress for family members. An injured victim has the right to file a liability claim against the car manufacturer in this situation, and a deceased victim's family may choose to file a wrongful death claim against the company. Financial damage claims will be determined if the company is found to be financially responsible for the injuries and/or death in West Virginia.

Source: mashable.com, "Why Are There So Many Auto Recalls These Days?", Todd Wasserman, April 9, 2014

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