Hyundai has announced a recall of thousands of vehicles due to a number of defects. Some of those defects are serious enough to increase the risk of accidents and injuries.
According to Hyundai, the largest of the recalls involves the Sante Fe crossover sport-utility vehicles. The vehicles are from the 2001-06 model years, and are being recalled from twenty-one states, including Indiana. All of these are so-called “salt belt “states. In these states, road and weather conditions necessitate the use of road salt. That can cause corrosion of the coils in the front suspension of cars, causing a fracture of the spring, and possibly a tire puncture. This could increase the risk of an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the recall includes only Santa Fe models in Indiana and several other states in this region.
The second recall involves 133,075 Sonata sedans. These sedans are from the 2011 model year. In these vehicles, the problem involves a defect in the brake lines, which could cause a leak of brake fluid. This also increases the risk of an accident.
The third recall involves 61,122 Veracruz SUV’s from the 2007-2012 model years. This recall is linked to a defect which could cause an oil leak. This problem could cause the engine to stall or disable when the vehicle is in motion, causing the car to suddenly stop. There is a serious risk of an accident in a case like this.
Although no accidents or injuries have been reported with any of these defects, this doesn’t mean that these defects are not serious. When automakers and the federal agency report that no injuries or accidents have been reported, they mean that there are no reports of accidents or injuries reported to the federal database or to the automaker. Sometimes, however, defects can cause accidents that go unreported.
So far this year, more than 30-million cars have been recalled from across the country, making 2014 a record year for recalls. Most of the recalls involve GM vehicles recalled because of a defective ignition switch. Those were also the more serious recalls this year, because the defective ignition switch was linked to at least 14 fatalities in accidents across the country.
Motor vehicle defects are responsible for several injuries in accidents every year. Victims who have suffered injuries in an accident can file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the car, but these are not simple claims. If you were involved in an accident caused by an auto defect, speak to a product liability attorney at our firm.