Over 7.5 million vehicles under recall for potential fire hazards, faulty tires, and defective seat belts
This year is shaping up to have a record number of vehicle safety recalls. Within the first 3 months of 2021, over 7.5 million vehicles have been recalled for a range of issues, including potential fire hazards, rupturing tires, defective seat belts, and problems with power steering that can lead to engine failure. A popular child’s seat has also been recalled for possible ejection upon impact.
Driving a vehicle or using equipment with a known recall is extremely dangerous and can be potentially fatal. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and/or auto manufacturers issue recalls when a vehicle or equipment, such as airbags, tires, or car seats, create an unreasonable safety risk or fail to meet minimum safety standards.
Below, we list the latest vehicle safety recalls (Jan-Mar 2021) from the NHTSA, as well as provide information on steps to take if your vehicle is affected, how to remain informed about potential recalls in the future, and what to do if you have been injured in an accident in North or South Carolina caused by a safety defect.
Latest vehicle recalls from Jan-March 2021
Here is a list of the latest vehicle recalls issued between January and March 2021; however, there are dozens of other cars, trucks, and SUVs currently under recall. If you don’t see your vehicle on this list, we strongly encourage you to go to the NHSTA official recall website to look up your specific make and model.
- 2019-2020 Honda Accord, Civic, Fit, HR-V, Odyssey, and Pilot – More than 750,000 Honda vehicles are being recalled for faulty fuel pumps that can fail and lead to stalling engines. Owners of these vehicles can get these fuel pumps replaced free of charge. Click here to learn more about the recall.
- 2017-2021 Kia Sportage and Cadenza – Nearly 380,000 Kia Sportages and Cadenzas are being recalled for an electrical circuit that could cause a fire in the engine compartment. Kia is advising owners to park outside and away from structures as a precaution until the recall repair is complete. Click here to learn more about the recall.
- 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon – Over 60,000 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks are being recalled for a defective part within the power steering assembly that could cause the trucks’ power steering to stop working. If the power steering fails while the vehicle is in motion, the driver may suddenly need to exert more effort to steer the vehicle, which increases the risk of a crash. Click here to learn more about the recall.
- 2018-2021 Nissan Altima and Titan – About 128,000 Nissan Altima cars and Titan trucks are being recalled because the tires may rupture while driving. Click here to learn more about the recall.
- 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Suburban, Cadillac Escadale, and GMC Yukon– GM is issuing a second recall for faulty seatbelts in less than 3 months. The automotive safety recall covers the entire 2021 GM full-size SUV lineup and involves the backseat outboard seat belts. They could break during an accident, increasing the risk of injuries. Click here to learn more about the recall.
Diono child car seat recall
Parents and guardians are being alerted to a consumer alert involving a child car seat. Diono is recalling certain Cambria 2 Booster Seats with model numbers: 31200-US-01, 31201-US-01, and 31202-US-01. The company said in the event of a crash, the headrest and backrest can crack, causing separation and possible ejection.
Learn more about the recall here.
How to check to see if your vehicle is under recall?
All vehicle owners should:
- Check for recalls using your vehicle identification number(VIN).
- Get the fix by calling your local dealer; it will be repaired for free.
- Sign up for Recall Alerts about any future recall affecting your vehicle.
What to do if your vehicle has been recalled?
If your vehicle has been recalled by the NHTSA or manufacturer, you have the right to have the vehicle manufacturer fix the problem free of charge. If a dealer refuses to repair your vehicle in accordance with the official recall, you should notify the manufacturer immediately. You can also file a complaint with NHTSA at www.safercar. gov and provide as many details as possible, including the name of the dealership and any personnel involved.
What to do if you have been injured in an accident caused by a vehicle under recall in North or South Carolina
Immediately call Auger & Auger at 855-969-5730
If you have been injured in an accident in North Carolina or South Carolina that was caused by a vehicle under recall, you have the right to file a product liability claim and hold the manufacturer responsible.
Take a moment to review our “What to do after a car accident” tips here.
Filing a product liability lawsuit
Anyone injured by a car that has a defective car part has the right to file a product liability claim. The basic requirements for a products liability claim are:
- The car part must be defective at the time of the accident
- The defect was the cause of the accident
- The accident must be the cause of a victim’s injuries or death
Contact Auger & Auger, experienced car accident attorneys in North and South Carolina
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