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3 major automakers recall vehicles due to auto defects

Consumers in West Virginia depend on their vehicles every day to safely get them from Point A to Point B. However, some vehicle owners may have older vehicles with dangerous auto defects that have sparked a recent recall. Three chief carmakers are recalling more than two million older automobiles.

The three carmakers are Honda, Chrysler and Toyota. These companies' vehicles are in the process of being recalled due to faulty airbags. Officials said the air bags might inadvertently inflate when the vehicle is running. Several models are affected by the recall, including the Toyota Avalon, Pontiac Vibe, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Viper, made between 2002 and 2004.

All of these vehicles affected by the recall had actually already been recalled for problematic air bags. However, the auto companies' initial efforts to address the defects were successful only nearly 85 percent of the time. A total of 400 cases of problem air bags have been reported in the vehicles being recalled. The incidents led to injuries. Auto defects can be serious because, if they are not found out in time, they can easily cause incapacitating injuries or even result in death.

Although carmakers try to recall hazardous vehicles due to auto defects, a consumer might have already been hurt after using one of their products. A person who suffers injuries as a result of using a defective automobile has the right to explore his or her legal options in an effort to hold the carmaker accountable. The person may choose to pursue compensation for monetary damages in a West Virginia civil court.

Source: USA Today, "Automakers recall 2.1M vehicles for faulty air bags", Jon Swartz, Jan. 31, 2015

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