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Manufacturing defect with GM cars' steering sparks new recall


Car owners in Hennepin, across the state, country and even around the world have been affected by the continuous problems certain car makes and models have experienced due to errors in production. A manufacturing defect can have major implications and cause serious injury or death. Most people want to trust that when they buy a vehicle, it will be safe. When there is a mistake in the manner the designed vehicles were built, the company should be expected to take action. That, however, doesn't always happen.

A litany of recalls involving General Motors vehicles has been expanded to another 81,000 due to issues with the power steering that can lead to its failure. The vehicles are from the years 2006 and 2007 and cover the models Pontiac G6, Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx. The Driver Information Center will show a message and there will be a chime if there is a loss of power steering. The company says that drivers will be able to control the vehicle, but it might be more difficult at lower speeds. According to the company, the defect has led to one crash, but no injuries that they're aware of.

When there is a mistake made by a company regarding a product they've crafted and sold, a person who was injured or the family of someone killed might not even realize that the accident was because of a manufacturing mistake. Given the long-term ramifications - financially and personally - that can arise from a manufacturing defect, a person who has been hurt or lost a loved one due to these errors needs to have a full investigation and legal support to determine exactly what happened.

With the still-evolving instances of recalls involving GM vehicles due to mistakes made when the vehicles were manufactured, it's still not fully known how many people were hurt because of the problems. People might be under the impression that an accident happened because of circumstance when, in reality, it was because of a design issue with the vehicle. If there was a crash, those who were affected by it need to discuss the matter with a lawyer to help figure out whether a manufacturing defect could have been the culprit.

Source: New York Times, "GM Recalls 81K Malibus, Pontiacs for Power Steering Problem," Feb. 14, 2015

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