The holiday shopping season is in full swing and Christmas is right around the corner. This time of year always involves previews for late-year blockbuster films, the latest toys and gadgets and promotions for new automobiles. However, consumers in Fort Worth should be very cautious of what vehicles are being recalled.
Nearly everyone has heard of the Toyota recalls and problems with Ford vehicles and rollovers. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating more late-model vehicles for potentially unsafe defects. Some 150,000 Honda CR-Vs made for model year 2006 are being scrutinized to determine whether or not a wiring defect in the power windows may lead to fires within the door panel. Another 41,000 cars -these units of the 2007 Kia Optima – are being inspected with regard to a transmission problem. The concern is that the shift cable in the Optima's automatic transmission might become detached, allowing the car to slip out of gear. In one instance, a vehicle exhibiting this failure rolled away while parked.
Recalls are very serious and are often the cause of wrecks. The consequences of a fire from a faulty wiring cold not have a good outcome for the car and if the car is parked in the garage could cause a house fire. A slow growing fire could cause a driver to panic and cause an automobile accident. A bad transmission is an even more direct danger, an unreliable transmission could lead to sudden changes of speed and a runaway vehicle could cause multiple vehicle collisions. In 2007, there were 37,248 fatal deaths in the United States and over 1.7 million people were injured from a car accident. Car accidents will always occur, but they should not be from recalls. If you are buying a car this season, do your research and make your best decision.
Information and commentary provided by Dallas and Fort Worth Car Accident Attorney Mark A. Anderson. The Anderson Law Firm can be contacted in Fort Worth at 817-294-1900 or in Dallas at 214-327-8000. If you have questions about a car accident, please fill out our contact card for a free consultation.