Recalls have been issued in the Washington, DC area for recreational vehicles from four different manufacturers: Spartan Chassis, Navistar, Dutchmen Manufacturing, and Winnebago Industries. The reasons for the recalls include problems with the exhaust system, defective headlight fuses, faulty ventilation, and possible fuel or propane leaks. Any of these conditions could severely impact the operation of the RV and threaten the safety, or even the lives, of drivers, passengers, and others on the road. Dangers include electrical failures, fires, and even carbon monoxide poisoning. RV owners should review the recall information carefully to see if their vehicles are affected.
An RV can be a great source of adventure and recreation, but RV’s also carry their own unique risks. RV’s are different from other automobiles: obviously they are larger and heavier, and they handle differently than other vehicles on the road. Automatic transmission and power steering may be standard features of today’s RV’s, but they require care and attention. An inexperienced driver should take care when operating an RV and take the time to learn how to operate the vehicle safely.
AllState recently ranked America’s 200 largest cities based on frequency of car collisions, ranking Washington, DC 193rd out of 200. Auto accidents are a serious problem. Numerous accidents in the Washington, DC area and elsewhere have involved RV’s. The past month has been an unusually dangerous one on DC-area roads, with multiple serious accidents and fatalities, so the news of the RV recalls is critical for driving safety.
If an RV is involved in an accident due to a defect in the vehicle’s design, construction, or marketing, the manufacturer may be liable for damages caused by the defect under the theory of products liability. A design defect is one where the product may work, but is dangerous to use because of an error or omission that occurred before the product was ever built. A construction or manufacturing defect most likely happened when the product was assembled or produced, and may cause the product not to function correctly. A marketing defect involves incorrect or insufficient instructions or guidance on how to use the product safely, or a failure to warn consumers about some dangerous characteristic of the product. The defects noted in the RV recall appear to be design or manufacturing defects.
An injured person making a claim of products liability may recover damages due to product defects for property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Products liability is often a matter of strict liability, meaning that a manufacturer may be liable for damages even if it did not know of the defect. In claiming products liability, an injured person should look at the manufacturer of the product as well as any distributors and retailers responsible for marketing the product.
Our Washington DC personal injury lawyers represent clients that have suffered damages, injury, or died because the RV or any other vehicle they used proved unsafe, dangerous, or defective, or if they were the victim of another person’s defective vehicle.
Related Web Resources:
Recalls.gov – U.S. government recall information
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