On Monday, a group of federal officials including Jeffrey Zients, Director of the National Economic Council, and Anthony Foxx, Secretary of the US Department of Transportation (DOT), released a 15-point set of guidelines for autonomous vehicle manufacturers.
Hundreds of thousands of Ford Ranger pickups are being recalled. This is due to auto defects related to the air bags and affects 2004, 2005 and 2006 model Rangers that were sold throughout the United States, including here in West Virginia. Apparently, the recall was prompted after a man from another state was killed in an accident. The crash itself occurred in December 2015 when a 52-year-old man was driving his 2006 Ranger and hit a cow and went on to strike a fence in the area.
West Virginia residents may be interested in hearing about an automotive case from another state. According to a recent report, the plaintiff had purchased a Chevrolet truck from a local dealership. He says that it had auto defects and claims the dealership was unsuccessful at repairing them.
Safety recalls of motorized vehicles are mong the most common types of product defects of which consumers should be aware. The auto defects do not stop at cars, trucks and SUVs, as this category also includes UTVs, 4-wheelers and motorcycles. For West Virginia residents who own Honda sports bikes, it may be time to check to ensure their bikes are not part of the company's most recent recall.
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.
West Virginia residents, particularly vehicle owners, place a lost of trust in the manufacturers of their vehicles. This is because a motor vehicle is the one thing that gets most people from point A to point B. Car owners expect for their vehicles to be in good working order and safe to drive. Unfortunately, auto defects can occur, and vehicle manufacturers may issue recalls.
Drivers here in West Virginia who own Chrysler made vehicles will want to hear about the most recent recall that the vehicle manufacturer has made. Two security researchers recently found a weak spot in a Jeep's Uconnect computer system. Apparently, this weakness allowed them to take complete control of the Jeep, including its steering, brakes and dashboard controls. Now, Chrysler has issued a recall for nearly 1.5 million of its vehicles to repair the auto defects that have led to such a hack being possible.
People in West Virginia naturally expect their vehicles to protect them on the road and to be safe to use. However, if consumers' vehicles feature defects, they can easily cause the consumers harm instead. Drivers in West Virginia may be interested to learn about a recent recall issued by General Motors that affects hundreds of thousands of vehicles with auto defects.
It does not take much for a defective vehicle to lead to a car accident. In most cases, it is a car accident that should have been preventable. West Virginia residents who have Ford vehicles may want to take note of a recent recall from the Ford Motor Company as the auto defects that are prompting the recall are particularly alarming.
Many residents of West Virginia have personally had their life saved or know someone whose life was saved in a car accident when the airbag deployed. While the deployment of an airbag may cause slight scrapes and burns to the face, the devices literally save one's life in the event of a car collision. Unfortunately, when auto defects cause these airbags to malfunction, it can result in the death of individuals.