Most residents in Virginia rely on motor vehicles to get to and from their destinations. While automobiles might need some repairs, it is likely due to natural wear and tear on these parts and components. Motorists do not often consider the possibility of defects causing the vehicle to not work or even cause an automobile accident. However, victims of defective automobile have a variety of protections available to them.
According to recent reports, Hyundai announced the recall of 600,000 vehicles for two separate defects. The two auto defects relate to defective hood latches and parking brake warning lights. The largest of the two auto recalls impacts 437,000 Hyundai vehicles and includes two models from 2013 to 2017. The larger recall is due to a defective hood latch for the secondary hood latch that can corrode and fail to latch. The auto defect presents a danger of the hood flying up while driving and obscuring the driver’s view if the primary hood latch is not secured.
The second auto recall impacts 161,000 Hyundai vehicles in two body types from 2015 to 2016. Due to a possible corrosion of the switch, the warning light that the parking brake is on may not illuminate, which could cause the driver to drive the vehicle while the parking brake is engaged. Hyundai will replace the defective cables for the hoods and the defective parking brake light switch in the other impacted models will also be replaced.
Defective auto parts pose a serious danger for drivers and passengers on the roadways. Individuals and families want to keep safe on the roadways, and a dangerous or defective auto part or car can cause serious accidents resulting in serious harm to victims. Victims of a defective car are protected under the law by products liability legal protections, which may allow them to recover compensation for damages associated with the harm they have suffered. Victims may need to seek help with the physical, financial and emotional damages suffered as a result of a defective or dangerous vehicle.
Auto recalls are one method of trying to keep drivers and passengers safe on the roadways, but personal injury and wrongful death legal protections are also available when victims have been harmed by a defective vehicle. It is important for victims to be familiar with their rights and how to protect themselves and their families when harmed.