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A recent auto recall may affect some West Virginia car owners. Acura has decided to recall a couple of models since the vehicles’ automatic emergency braking systems may malfunction. Auto defects of this nature may cause vehicles to be involved in collisions.

Slightly fewer than 48,000 RLX sedans and MDX sport utility vehicles worldwide are affected by the Acura recall. These vehicles are from the model years 2014 and 2015. The recall shows that even sophisticated safety technology may have glitches.

The Acura braking system, which is designed to mitigate collisions, utilizes radar to perform a scan of conditions in front a vehicle. If the vehicle may strike an object, it applies the vehicle’s brakes, thus causing the vehicle to slow down to reduce injuries and damage. However, the system in the vehicles being recalled may become confused; as a result, it might apply the brakes after detecting another automobile speeding up in front of it.

Auto defects in West Virginia can quickly lead to injuries or death if they are not discovered early enough. Resulting injuries can be costly to treat and prevent a person from being able to go to work for an extended period of time, thus resulting in a loss of wages. In addition, the surviving family members of a person who dies as a result of a car issue must cover funeral expenses and may even suffer the loss of support. Injury victims and the loved ones of a deceased victim have the right to file a liability claim against the allegedly at-fault car manufacturer, pursuing damages that may help them to cover their losses.

Source: US News, “Acura recall shows glitch in automatic braking system“, Tom Krisher, June 11, 2015