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Danger of consumer injury leads to new motor vehicle recalls


Automobile recalls are affecting people in Hennepin County and all over the world. So many people rely on their vehicles and place their trust in various motor car companies that the last thing they expect to happen is for a manufacturing defect or design defect to place their lives and the lives of their loved ones in jeopardy. But it's becoming a daily routine that there are new recalls due to mistakes made because of poorly designed vehicles.

General Motors continues to have numerous problems with its vehicles sparking new recalls for a variety of reasons. The latest involves a wiring issue that can cause difficulty with the steering column. Recent recalls involved more than 57,000 vehicles and the issues have ranged from the familiar ignition woes to air bag deployment to the wiring of the steering column. The new recalls for ignition problems has extended to 2008 and 2009 Pontiac G8s and Chevy Caprices from 2011 to 2013 that were sold to law enforcement agencies. Hitting the ignition key with a knee can cause it to shut down. Over 430,000 Saab 9-4X SUVs and Cadillac SRXs were recalled because of possible wearing of threads and a loose joint in the rear toe link that might lead to the vehicle to wander or even separate completely.

There's an implied trust between a consumer and a company that is providing a product. When that trust is broken and there is consumer injury because of a manufacturing defect or design defect, it can affect the lives of many people. With motor vehicles, there is an increased danger because of the potential damage that a crash can do. Auto accidents are bad enough when they happen due to circumstance, but if they occur because the company has made errors when manufacturing or designing the vehicle, it's far worse because it didn't have to happen.

GM is seemingly issuing a new recall for their vehicles on a daily basis. While in many instances, the company is claiming that there haven't been any injuries and the recalls are preventative measures, people might have been injured or killed without knowing why. If there is a suspicion that there was injury or death because of automotive flaws, it's important for consumers to know their legal rights.

Source: DailyFinance.com, "GM's Latest Recall Covers Over 57,000 Cars," Bill Trott, Oct. 6, 2014

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