Motor vehicle owners in West Virginia may be impacted by a product recall involving Ram trucks. Fiat Chrysler has decided to recall almost 1.8 million of these trucks, mostly in North America. The trucks are considered dangerous products because a driver can shift one out of park, even if his or her foot is not on the truck brake. The shifting can even happen without a key in the truck’s ignition.
The recent recall predominately includes heavy-duty Ram trucks. All of these trucks feature shifters on their steering columns. So far, seven people have been injured as a result of the truck defect.
According to Fiat Chrysler, the recalled truck’s brake transmission shift interlock feature may fail as a result of exposure to extremely hot temperatures inside the cabin. The defect may cause trucks to roll away unexpectedly. However, the company is in the process of creating a fix for the issue.
Motor vehicle manufacturers, like the manufacturers of other types of products, are naturally expected to generate safe products for the masses to use. Unfortunately, sometimes they end up selling dangerous products instead. Those who suffer injuries in West Virginia due to using these products may end up with not only physical scars but also emotional scars and a slew of hefty medical bills. However, they have the right to file product liability claims against the product manufacturers, seeking the reimbursement of damages. A successfully fought case may lead to a monetary award that may help with addressing hospital costs, as well as pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Source: postandcourier.com, “Product recalls“, Jan. 1, 2018