In November, Chrysler recalled more than one million Dodge Ram trucks, following a slew of reported accidents caused by a loss of steering power. The company released a statement claiming to be aware of at least seven accidents and two injuries, which they attributed to faulty tie rod assembly. This massive recall may lead to a rise in personal injury lawsuits, as owners of Dodge Rams of the malfunction that may have injured themselves or their family members, car accident lawyers say.
The recall has been issued for several models of the popular truck, ranging from 2003-2012, especially those involved in the reported accidents, in three notices—13V529000, 13V528000, and 13V527000. These vehicles use a tie rod assembly, and Chrysler has reported that improper or faulty alignment of these tie rod connectors may have caused fractures and compromised the driver’s ability to steer the car. The company estimates that the fractures may have affected as many as 453,000 vehicles.
Car manufacturers often recall vehicles in response to several accidents linked by a similar problem—in this case, the steering malfunction that caused drivers to lose control of their vehicles and crash. A widespread recall can prevent further accidents and repair cars so that they are safe for consumers to continue using. But those injured in the original accidents may be able to take legal action against Chrysler and other car companies, because they allowed shoddy, unsafe products to be sold to consumers.
In Florida, a 2011 law governs most products liabilities and personal injury cases. The law states that juries must consider the fault of all parties involved, which has an impact on how vehicle defect cases are determined. The defect is not always the initial cause of a collision, but rather enhances the accident to cause additional injuries. In these lawsuits, Florida uses the “crashworthiness doctrine,” which states that a manufacturer can be held liable in crashes where the product flaw has led to injury, but did not cause the crash itself.
The government’s safer car website provides vehicle recall notices, searchable by make and model, so that Chrysler drivers can check the status of their cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) operates an application for iPhone owners—users can sign up to receive notifications and alerts when car manufacturers issue recalls, and can submit their own comments and concerns to the NHTSA regarding vehicle safety. Consumers who own cars affected by the recall will be notified by mail this month, car accident lawyers in Fort Lauderdale report, and will need to schedule servicing appointments to ensure that their trucks are not damaged. Drivers who are concerned about the safety of their vehicles can contact the Chrysler helpline at 1-800-853-1403 for more information.
At David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A., our personal injury lawyers represent drivers and passengers who have been injured in car accidents caused by faulty manufacturing or vehicle malfunction. If your car has recently been recalled, and you believe the manufacturer is at fault for sustained injuries or liability issues, contact David I. Fuchs for a free, no-strings consultation today.