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More Vehicle Recalls in 2013 Means More Dangers for Drivers

27
Feb 2014
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Last year saw the highest number of vehicle recalls in almost a decade. In 2004, there were 30.8 million cars recalled. In 2013, 22 million cars were recalled, up from 16.4 million in 2012.  The majority of recalls last year happened when manufacturers identified serious safety problems and voluntarily took the cars off the road for repairs.  

When cars are sold with defects, there is always the possibility that drivers could suffer serious injuries and the car manufacturers could be held liable for resulting losses.  Those hurt by a defective vehicle should contact  personal injury lawyers in Delaware Valley. Product liability lawyers at Flager & Associates, PC offer free consultations to victims.

Defects Lead to 2013 Vehicle Recalls

Since 1966, the United States federal government has mandated that automakers recall vehicles that have defects.  Over the nearly half-century that the recall requirements have been in effect, 540.8 million vehicle recalls have occurred.

Altogether, there were 632 separate recall incidents last year. Toyota was the car manufacturer that had the most recalls, which makes 2013 the second year in a row that Toyota has had this dubious honor.  There were several primary issues that caused Toyotas to be recalled. One problem was that electronic interference could cause air bags in some Toyota’s to deploy when no accident occurred.  Other models of Toyota vehicles also had air bags deploying improperly, but this time because of drain holes blocked by spider webs.

Toyota’s other issues related to 78,000 vehicles with suspension problems. These vehicles had actually already been recalled in 2012. The vehicles with the faulty suspensions had been repaired, but were recalled again since the first effort at repair was not always effective.

Chrysler was the carmaker with the second highest number of recalls in 2013. The car company recalled 1.7 million older Jeep Liberty and Jeep Cherokee models. The recall was prompted by concerns expressed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about a potential risk of fire in rear-impact collisions.

Investigations initiated by the NHTSA prompted around seven million of the total number of vehicles recalled in 2013. Recall of the remaining 15 million vehicles was undertaken when manufacturers realized a problem existed with the cars they had sold.

Manufacturers should act quickly to alert the public to risks and remove defective cars from the road until repair is possible. Recalled vehicles are repaired or replaced by the manufacturer at no cost to the consumer, in most cases.

Unfortunately, sometimes both the carmakers and NHTSA do not act to recall products quickly enough, and people get hurt. Rather than waiting to repair products when something goes wrong, it is far better to do adequate pre-marketing testing to make sure that the vehicles aren’t dangerous in the first place.    The NHTSA can encourage this through regulations, and carmakers can make the choice to put safety first and ensure they do everything they can to avoid releasing potentially defective cars.

Flager & Associates, PC can help collision victims. Call a car accident lawyer in Delaware Valley at 215-953-5200  or visit www.flagerlaw.com today to schedule a consultation.

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

Flager & Associates

Severe Winter Weather Causes Major Risks – How to Avoid Accidents

20
Feb 2014
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Around $20 million has been spent in the Delaware Valley to clear snow and ice from roads during the first few months of winter 2014.  By mid-February, 85 percent of its winter budget had already been spent by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The Delaware Department of Transportation reported more than $9.5 million in expenditures by the same time. 

Clearing the roads is costly but necessary. Even with the best efforts of plowing services and more than 116,000 tons of salt on the roads, weather-related motor vehicle collisions continue to increase the risks in the Delaware Valley region. A car accident lawyer in Delaware Valley can help victims of winter crashes to pursue claims against at-fault motorists.  Call Flager & Associates, PC today to learn more.

Winter Weather Can Lead to Pileups 

Winter 2014 is shaping up to be one of the harshest in decades. This is bad news for motorists, since bad weather in the milder 2013 winter caused hundreds of multi-car pileups.  At least 107 multi-vehicle crashes occurred in 2013, with more than 60 percent triggered by bad weather. Multi-car crashes included collisions with at least five vehicles and at least one death; or collisions involving at least 10 vehicles.

Weather events resulting in pileups included:

  • Snow Squalls, which caused 20 pileups.
  • Icy roads, which triggered 15 pileups.
  • Snow and freezing rain, which resulted in nine multicar accidents.
  • Fog, which was also the cause of nine crashes involving multiple vehicles.

Pileups are more likely during bad weather due to low visibility, difficulty stopping and the tendency of vehicles to skid on icy roads.

Tips to Avoid Winter Collisions

Most pileups start with one collision and snowball from there because drivers don’t see the impaired vehicles or cannot avoid hitting them.  To prevent pileup accidents, you need to know how to drive safely in the winter.

Some winter driving tips to follow to reduce your collision risk include:

  • Driving at a speed that is appropriate for the current weather and road conditions. This may be less than the legal speed limit.
  • Increasing the following distance between you and the vehicle leading you, leaving a larger gap than you normally would during better weather.
  • Braking gently to avoid a skid and always remaining calm even if the wheels begin to lock up.
  • Switching to a low gear in order to get better traction, especially when traveling on hills.
  • Knowing what to do if you skid. For rear-wheels that skid, remove your foot from the accelerator and steer the vehicle in the direction you want your front wheels to go. For front wheels that skid, shift to neutral but don’t try to steer right away. The wheels skidding sideways will cause the vehicle to slow and traction should return. At this time, steer toward the desired direction.

By following these tips and exercising extra caution during the winter, hopefully you can avoid pileup collisions or other winter crashes in the Delaware Valley.

Flager & Associates, PC can help collision victims. Call a car accident lawyer in Delaware Valley at 215-953-5200  or visit www.flagerlaw.com today to schedule a consultation. 

Flager & Associates is a Pennsylvania Law Firm. We cover cases across Philadelphia, Yardley, Bristol, Bensalem and Levittown/ Fairless Hills. Most of the cases we cover are auto accidents, slip and fall, and product liability related.

Flager & Associates