Honda Issues Recall of 800K Vehicles, Philadelphia Attorneys at Console & Hollawell Warn Consumers of Their Potential Risks

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The newest safety recall from foreign automaker Honda affects more than 800,000 of its vehicles sold in the United States and abroad. This time, the company is recalling minivans and crossover utility vehicles due to a defect that could allow parked vehicles to slip out of gear and simply roll down the street, according to NBC News.*

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Imagine a parked car suddenly rolling into traffic on a busy street in downtown Philadelphia. Drivers would have nowhere to go to avoid a collision and the potential for harm in that circumstance is extremely high.

The newest safety recall from foreign automaker Honda affects more than 800,000 of its vehicles sold in the United States and abroad. This time, the company is recalling minivans and crossover utility vehicle due to a defect that could allow parked vehicles to slip out of gear and simply roll down the street, according to NBC News.* According to the article, Honda, for the second year running, has had more safety-related recalls of its automobiles than any other car manufacturer in the United States. In Philadelphia, the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the country, car accident attorney Richard P. Console Jr. sees the potential for serious harm from vehicles plagued by potential defects and failed components.

“Philadelphia is already one of the most dangerous areas when it comes to the frequency of accidents,” said Console. “Adding in potentially defective components to the mix presents a significant risk of harm. Imagine a parked car suddenly rolling into traffic on a busy street in downtown Philadelphia. Drivers would have nowhere to go to avoid a collision and the potential for harm in that circumstance is extremely high.”

A 2012 report compiled by Allstate** ranked Philadelphia as the sixth worst city in the country for accidents. Drivers in that city have a 64 percent higher chance of being in a motor vehicle accident than the national average. On average, a driver in Philadelphia can expect to be involved in an auto crash every 6.1 years as compared to the national average of about once every 10 years, according to the report.**

While Honda claims only a small number of incidents have resulted from their automotive defects, data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) seems to bring that assertion into conflict. According to NBC News,* the NHTSA has received 42 complaints involving Honda Odyssey vehicles, including 26 instances where minivans rolled away while in park. Sixteen of those incidents reportedly resulted in car crashes. Console, a personal injury attorney in Philadelphia since 1994, stresses the need for automakers to remain proactive in recalling vehicles.

“When defects are found, manufacturers have a responsibility to inform consumers of the dangers and fix the issues immediately,” said Console. “Failing to do so can put people in harm’s way and may expose the manufacturers to liability for damages from resulting accidents.”

Safety-related recalls issued by Honda during 2011 accounted for 24 percent of all automotive recalls in the United States.* The automaker is reportedly conducting repairs on its affected models free of charge. Honda plans to notify consumers who own vehicles involved in the recall in February 2013, according to NBC News.*

Richard P. Console Jr. is the managing partner of Console & Hollawell P.C. Since 1994, the Philadelphia law firm has represented more than 5,000 accident victims, including those affected by automotive defects, obtaining deserved compensation for their injuries and related damages.

** http://www.allstatenewsroom.com/channels/News-Releases/releases/where-do-american-cities-rank-in-eighth-annual-allstate-america-s-best-drivers-report

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