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Defective Vehicles Put Motorists at Risk

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Manufacturing defects in vehicles can lead to catastrophic accidents, often resulting in serious injury or death. Additionally, auto recalls do not account for all defective vehicles, and in many cases these recalls are announced only after a motorist has been injured or killed.


In 2016, a record high 53.2 million vehicles were recalled in the United States. More than 50 million cars have been recalled in each of the past three years, a stunning fact considering auto recalls over the previous two decades have ranged between 10.2 million and 30.8 million. Many of these recalls were associated with two prominent defects:

  1. Faulty ignition switches equipped in General Motors vehicles (linked to approximately 124 deaths)
  2. Faulty airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation (linked to approximately 16 deaths)

These two recalls have been linked to hundreds of injuries and dozens of deaths, and both have been the subject of congressional hearings and federal investigations. The number of total recall campaigns (927) was also record-breaking in 2016. Sadly, government action came too late for those adversely affected by these defective products.


While the General Motors and Takata recalls have garnished the most attention, it is important to remember that safety defects can occur in any vehicle. Among those most commonly cited by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and automakers are:

  • Defective steering components
  • Door latch failures
  • Defective gas tanks and fuel lines
  • Seat belt failures
  • Defective child seat anchors (LATCH System anchors)
  • Defective airbags
  • Tire defects
  • Weak vehicle structure

Cars, trucks, and SUVs are not the only vehicles that experience recalls. Recalled motorcycles and ATVs have caused many severe injuries and deaths due to manufacturer defects as well.


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 ChristiSan 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.

  • FAQ

Vehicle Recall FAQs

Do you have questions about vehicle recalls or defective automobiles? Check out the following FAQs. If you don’t find your answer below, contact us and speak with an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer at anytime.

  • What is a vehicle recall?

    Recalls occur when automobile parts have possible or obvious defects. Manufacturers may also recall vehicles if they do not comply with the government’s safety standards. New vehicles cannot enter the consumer market until they pass a series of safety tests. Despite these evaluations, vehicle recalls are still common. Between 2014 and 2016, more than 50 million cars were recalled annually. If you learn that your vehicle has been recalled, then it is critical that you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you were injured due to the defect, then you may be entitled to compensation.

  • What are common causes of vehicle recalls?

    Vehicles contain an array of complex parts. If any of these parts contains a defect that makes the car unsafe to use, then the manufacturer must issue a recall. Recalls can occur in any part of the car, but common examples of recalled parts include: airbagstiresignition switches, door latches, gas tanks and fuel lines, seat belts, child seat anchors, and steering components.

  • What can I do if I was injured due to a defective or malfunctioning vehicle?

    If you were injured due to a vehicle defect or another driver’s malfunctioning car or truck, then you may be able to recover health-care expenses, lost wages and other damages in a civil lawsuit. Our vehicle recall lawyers can help you determine the viability of a lawsuit.

  • Can I sue if I was injured in a vehicle that was recalled?

    If you were injured by a recalled vehicle, you may be entitled to recover damages, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and more. Too often, auto manufacturers produce defective products and release them into the marketplace with little regard for safety. When these defective auto parts and vehicles injure people, the manufacturer may be held liable.


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