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A seemingly minor defect in an automobile can lead to major problems for the driver and his or her passengers. For example, auto defects may unexpectedly prevent a vehicle from operating properly and thus lead to a life-changing injury or fatal crash in West Virginia. Cadillac ATS cars by General Motors Co., or GM, are currently being recalled due to a potentially deadly defect.

GM recently said it has decided to recall more than 120,000 Cadillac ATS vehicles due to a fire risk. This risk is tied to a defect in the car’s rear defogger system. The problem could specifically pose a hazard inside the back pillar on the vehicle’s driver’s side.

The recall covers 97,000 sedans in the United States from the model years of 2013 to 2016. The company said it was alerted about four fires but has received no word about crashes, injuries or fatalities. This recall is the fourth one for some of the newer models of ATS, with the company recalling more than 60,000 Cadillac ATS cars back in July due to the fact that the roof panels could close automatically.

Manufacturers may spend a lot of time designing and testing their cars before these vehicles are made available to the public. However, sometimes these vehicles end up not being safe due to auto defects. Individuals in West Virginia have the right to pursue damages associated with these types of defects; they can do this through personal injury claims if they were hurt or through wrongful death claims if their loved ones died as a result of using the problem vehicles.

Source: detroitnews.com, “GM recalls 121,000 Cadillac ATS cars for fire risks“, David Shepardson, Sept. 9, 2015