Federal regulators are investigating more than 100 complaints of defective brakes in General Motors pickups and SUVs, including nine reports of crashes and two injuries.
About the Defective GM Vehicles
According to FOX News, the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating brake vacuum pumps equipped in 2.7 million GM vehicles that the agency says can deteriorate over time. The deterioration can result in increased braking effort and longer stopping distances.
NHTSA says it has receive 111 consumer complaints involving 2014 through 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups as well as Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade SUVs.
The regulatory authority will determine how often the problem occurs and whether a recall is necessary.
20 Percent of Vehicles on the Road Under Recall
NHTSA has recently stated that 1 in 5 vehicles on the road now is under recall. In most of these cases, the driver’s don’t even realize that their vehicle may be under recall.
Of the 46 million vehicles recalled this year, more than 37 million were recalled for defective Takata airbags. Government records indicate the defective airbags have killed 23 people worldwide in recent years, and injured hundreds more.
Although airbags are the big issue, they are not the only recall issue involving cars. In the last year there has been recalls with vehicles that include:
- 4.8 million cruise control issues
- 1.4 million loose steering wheel problems
- 350,000 transmission shifter issues
- 123,000 power steering problems
Contact an Experienced Vehicle Recall Attorney
Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.
Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.