The wave of automobile recalls has continued in 2017 with Volkswagen now conducting a recall on 281,000 vehicles across the U.S. for a potential problem involving fuel pump failure. This applies exclusively to models with gasoline-powered 4-cylinder engines, including the 2009–2016 CC models and the 2006–2010 Passat models. Records show that there is a potential electric outage in the module that controls the fuel pump. This lack of power results in a sudden stoppage of flowing fuel, which stalls the engine, stopping the vehicle in its tracks.
Owners are being notified by mail about the situation. Volkswagen dealers will replace these potentially faulty units with the modified part. So far, no accidents or injuries in the U.S. have been attributed to this issue; it appears that VW has acted in a timely manner. In China, authorities investigated this problem initially, which ultimately led to the U.S. recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) uses a four-step process for potential vehicle concerns:
- Screening: Looking into the complaints submitted to consider whether to investigate.
- Analysis: Analyzing data to determine if patterns exist, and accept or deny petitions; denials are detailed in a Federal Register file.
- Investigation: Safety defects are closely reviewed and communicated with manufacturers.
- Recall administration: May formally explain the alleged defective product and report it as a consumer advocate.
In 2016, auto manufacturers issued recalls on over 53 million vehicles in the U.S. alone. This was largely the result of faulty Takata vehicle airbag inflators. In 2015, there were 51 million recalls, which marked the third consecutive year that exceeded 50 million. The NHTSA received criticism in 2014 for deciding not to pursue a problem with vehicles made by General Motors that involved defective ignition switches, resulting in 124 deaths.
Product Liability in Oklahoma
Oklahoma allows product liability lawsuits to extend beyond the manufacturer, as the Supreme Court includes those who process, assemble, and distribute products. This applies in cases where entities other than the manufacturer sold or leased products determined to be defective.
A liability suit is a potentially expensive process, and proving the existence of a defect often requires expert witness testimony.
Oklahoma Auto Product Liability Lawyers
The team at Car Accident Help has the experience and resources to pursue compensation for defects associated with design, manufacturing, assembling, and packaging that have caused serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been harmed by an auto defect, contact our office today at (405) 285-4357 for a free consultation.