Chrysler Group LLC says it is recalling 11,351 motor vehicles because of a manufacturing issue that could result in a vehicle’s steering to fail. The automaker says it doesn’t know of any injuries or crashes that have occurred as a result of the problem. However, 11 of the 20 Chrysler models for sale this year have been impacted by the recall.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an improperly installed or missing rivet could cause loss of steering, which may increase the chance of a traffic crash happening. If this were to occur and serious injury were to result, the victims and his/her family should speak with an experienced Boston injury lawyer.
The recalled vehicles are all 2011 models and include Chrysler’s Dodge Avenger, Chrysler 200, Town and Country, Dodge Caravan, Dodge Caliber, Dodge Nitro, Dodge Journey, Jeep Compass, Patriot, Liberty, and Wrangler. Auto dealers now must check that the rivet has not gone missing and is correctly installed.
It goes without saying that when a motorist loses the ability to steer a vehicle, he/she is at greater risk of causing a car crash. Automakers are supposed to make vehicles free from defects that could endanger the lives of occupants and others on the road.
Filing a Massachusetts auto product liability case can allow you to sue a manufacturer for damages. Our Boston products liability lawyers have years of experience pursuing recovering from automakers. Our team knows how to identify and prove that an auto defect caused your Boston injury accident or a loved one’s wrongful death. Examples of common auto defects include air bag defects, seatbelt failures, engine problems, seat back collapse, SUV defects, tire defects, electronic stability control problems, and roof failure.
Chrysler announces recall of 11,000 vehicles for steering problem, Florida Today, June 16, 2011
Chrysler recall affects half of its 2011 models, The Detroit News, June 17, 2011
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