Recent Auto Product Defects
Over the past several years there have been many dangerous and defective automotive parts that have been found to be defective. Below are just a few of the largest and most significant current defects:
- General Motors– Beginning on December 2, 2015 GM notified the Naional Highway Traffic Safety Commission that it was recalling several vehicles because of defective key ignition switches that could shut off the car with even the smallest amount of pressure. The number of vehicles affected was extensive.
- Takata – A massive recall was issued concerning defective airbag inflation systems manufactured by Takata, which has continued to grow and include most car brands. The airbag system inflator and propellant may explode upon impact and shoot metal fragments into the driver and passenger.
- Chrysler Liberty Jeep and Grand Cherokee Fuel Tank Fires – The fuel tanks are placed dangerously close to the rear bumper. Very foreseeable rear impacts can cause the entire gas tank to ignite. Chrysler made weak attempts to fix the problem by adding a trailer hitch, but these vehicles still experienced exploding tanks with high speed impacts.
- Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep Monostable Gear Shifter – The appearance of the shifter can be misleading, making the driver think the vehicle is in park while the vehicle is in drive. There have been accidents, as well as injuries to drivers who exit the vehicle thinking the vehicle is in park. The recall repairs added a warning signal if the driver opens the door when the vehicle is not in park.
- Secondary Hood Latch Failure – Various cars have poorly designed hood latches which can allow a hood to pop open in the moving car. This can happen where hood designs make it appear the hood has properly shut but in fact has not. The secondary latch should always prevent this from happening, even when the primary latch is not engaged.
- Used Cars which were previously Rental or Leased Cars – A surprising number of rental, leased and fleet cars never have recalled defects repaired. To protect themselves, downstream purchasers must be aware of this so they can ask the vendor for recall and repair reports associated with the vehicle being sold.