Ford, Chrysler, and Toyota Announce Auto Recalls

More recalls announced by big auto manufacturers. Ford says it is recalling 33,700 Transit Connect small commercial vans because an interior liner does not meet all safety requirements for head protection. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that this auto defect increases an occupant’s risk of injury during a car accident.

Ford is telling its dealers to stop delivering the vehicles, manufactured between December 2008 and May 2010, until a revised head protection can be installed.

In other recall news, Chrysler is recalling up to 22,000 autos, including certain 2010 Jeep Liberty and Wrangler, Ram 1500 trucks, and Dodge Nitro, that were made in April and May 2010. The vehicles may have an improper fluid tube that can cause break fluid leaks.

Our Washington DC auto products liability law firm wants to remind our readers that if you believe that your Washington DC car accident occurred because of an auto defect or a car part that malfunctioned, you may be able to hold the automaker liable. Negligent motorists and other responsible parties may also be liable for Washington DC personal injury.

Meantime, Toyota has announced another two recalls. The car manufacturer is recalling 138,000 Crown and Lexus autos in the US because of defective engine valve springs. This auto defect can cause a moving car to stall. Vehicles affected were manufactured between July 2005 and August 2008. Toyota is recalling another 132,000 vehicles abroad for the same defect. Reuters says that the automaker has known about this problem for three years.

Toyota is also recalling 17,000 Lexus luxury hybrids. A NHTSA test found that that gasoline can spill from the auto during a rear-end collision. Toyota is trying to replicate NHTSA’s findings.

Since October, Toyota has recalled more than 8.5 million cars because of different safety issues, including sticky gas pedals, brake problems, ill-fitting floor mats, and sudden unintended accelerations Already, more than 200 personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits claiming auto products liability have been filed.
Ford Motor, Chrysler recall vehicles, Reuters, July 9, 2010
Latest Toyota recall based on three-year-old reports, FoxNews, July 7, 2010
17,000 Lexus luxury hybrid, Associated Press/Google, June 25, 2010
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