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No matter what time of year it is, it seems that auto recalls are always occurring here in West Virginia and across the nation. The most recent of the recalls for auto defects is with Fiat Chrysler and its Dodge Dart cars. The affected models are 2013 and 2014 Dodge Darts with either the 2-liter or 2.4-liter engine.

The recall is not just for the United States; it has been issued for Dodge Darts across the world. Overall, there have been more than 121,000 recalled. Apparently, the recall is due to a faulty brake system. The problem is that oil can find its way onto certain parts of the car’s braking system, which can eventually degrade the parts. When the deterioration begins, it causes the brakes to be that much more difficult to engage and stop the car.

So far, Fiat Chrysler has been notified of several incidents that may be linked to the defect. There have been two injuries, although they have been minor. There have also been a total of seven accidents so far. If these accidents can be linked to the defect, Fiat Chrysler may be on the hook for liability.

Accidents are bad enough all on their own. However, when there is a possibility that the accident could have been prevented if the vehicle did not have auto defects, it can be even more devastating. Luckily, West Virginia car owners and injured victims may be able to pursue a product liability claim against the auto manufacturer. If there is merit to a case, it may be possible to recover damages for physical pain and suffering, disfigurement, mental anguish, lost wages and more, depending on the exact circumstances of one’s individual case.

Source: freep.com, “Fiat Chrysler recalling Dodge Darts for brake issue“, Dec. 3, 2015