Automobile recalls are not uncommon by any means. Often we hear of a certain make and model being recalled due to some minor malfunction that needs correction. However, Ford and Volvo have recently issued a massive recall for a defect that could potentially result in death.
Ford and Volvo, in conjunction with Kiekert automobile supply, have issued a recall of in excess of 5.6 million cars. The vehicles were manufactured using Kiekert C1A door latches, which were found to have a defect. A component within the latches was prone to break when exposed to excessive temperatures within the door. Once this part was broken, the door could become difficult to latch, or even appear to be latched when, in fact, it was not. Therein lies the potential danger.
Consider this scenario. A driver is travelling down a highway at a speed of 60 mph. Though he knows he should, he is not wearing his seatbelt. As he travels around a sharp curve, the driver’s side door unexpectedly opens catching the driver off-guard. He falls from the vehicle and is killed from blunt force trauma.
In a situation such as this one, regardless of the fact that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt, a vehicle manufacturer, as well as the defective part manufacturer, could be held liable. Cases such as this would be considered a product liability claim, and can potentially result in an award of significant compensation. If the person becomes deceased, a wrongful death claim may also be considered. Speaking with an experienced attorney can help determine whether you have a valid claim, and if so, how to move forward.