Los Angeles drivers may have heard that just two days after refusing a federal request to recall several million vehicles, Chrysler Group LLC is recalling several models. Altogether, the company is recalling four separate vehicle models of differing years for issues including faulty transmission systems, restraint systems and software errors. These vehicles are being recalled as these structural defects could potentially cause an unnecessary auto accident.
After a two-year investigation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had requested a recall on 2.7 million Jeep SUVs for defective fuel tanks, which resulted in the creation of fires when rear-end collisions occurred. It is reported that at least 51 deaths have resulted from these fires.
Chrysler Group LLC has refused the recall, arguing that faulty fuel takes are not dangerous and that the vehicles pose no threats to its passengers. The cost to fix each vehicle is estimated to be at about $100 per vehicle.
The automaker did recall over 200,000 Compass and Patriot SUVs from 2010 to 2012 after a software error delayed the firing of side-curtain air bags, indicating that they may not function in the event of slow-developing rollovers. As the center of gravity is generally higher in SUVs than in sedans or other low-riding vehicles, SUVs are more likely to roll. If the side air bags do not deploy, the SUV's passengers can be seriously injured or unnecessary death may occur.
In the event that the air bags do not deploy or faulty systems cause unnecessary injuries or death to the vehicle passengers, an experienced California attorney may be able to help his clients obtain the compensation that they need to recover from the auto accident. The attorney may conduct an investigation of the scene of the accident, the police reports and any witness statements to put together the best possible case for their clients.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Chrysler recalls 630,000 Jeep SUVs for transmission, other problems", Ronald D. White, June 06, 2013