Vehicles with serious defects in West Virginia may end up causing people to suffer major injuries or even lose their lives. Two vehicles that were recently recalled due to auto defects include the Hyundai Santa Fe from model years 2016-2017 and the Nissan Rouge from model year 2014. More than 34,000 Hyundai units are affected, while more than 46,000 Nissan units are affected.
The impacted Hyundai vehicles have harnesses on the front seat belt buckles that may feature damaged wires. The damage may be caused by the height adjuster mechanism that comes with the seat. This may affect an audible warning to fasten a seat belt, causing it not to sound, which means a front seat occupant might forget to buckle up and thus face an increased risk of injury if a crash happens. The defective vehicles were manufactured from September 2015 to February 2016.
The problematic Nissan vehicles have fuel pumps with components that are improperly plated with nickel. The fuel pumps may fail as a result, which means the vehicles might unexpectedly stall, thus increasing people’s risk of getting into a crash. The affected cars were manufactured between July 2013 and December 2013 as well as from February 2014 to June 2014.
West Virginia consumers who are hurt as a result of using vehicles with auto defects may elect to file product liability claims against the reportedly at-fault manufacturers. They may seek the reimbursement of damages sustained by using the faulty products. Liability has to be established to the court’s satisfaction before claims for damages will be adjudicated.
Source: cbs6albany.com, “This week’s recalls: Hyundai and Nissan“, March 22, 2016