A New York Personal Injury Lawyer of the Law Firm Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick Discusses Auto Recall Intended to Protect Consumers From Car Accident

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Howard Frederick of the law firm Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick L.L.C. discusses the ramifications of the recent car recalls, and how it adds a new level of expertise necessary for personal injury lawyers when representing clients in car accident and injury cases.

According to NBC news* early this month, another auto recall transpired, with a recall of cars manufactured by Subaru, Hyundai, and Kia. The 200,000 Subaru cars being recalled have corroded brake lines that may cause the leaking of brake fluid. This could result in motor vehicle/car accident situation, as more time will be necessary for the car to completely slow down.

Howard Frederick, a New York personal injury lawyer at the firm Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick, shares that drivers take a risk every day whenever they go to work, take their children to school, or even just drive to the local mall. According to Frederick, in today’s recall environment, the average driver needs to be much more vigilant when it comes to potential defects. According to that NBC News article* Hyundai, Kia, and Subaru collectively have just recalled 2 million of their cars which could cause unexpected accidents. The recalled autos have different problems, which range from those associated with airbags and brake lines to defective brake lights. Hyundai is the worst culprit as 1,246,000 vehicles are to be inspected. More than half a million Kias are also suspected of having problems with brake lights. 200,000 Legacys and Outbacks have allegedly suffered from corrosion problems.

Regarding Injury in New York, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles revealed in 2011 that driving errors resulted in 198,818 accidents, while equipment failures in vehicles caused 10,748 accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration* (NHTSA), the problems with the brake lights in the 1,059,824 Hyundais could result in the brake lights malfunctioning and also prevent a driver from stopping the cruise control mechanism. The recall affects a range of vehicles, from the 2007-2009 Tucson and Accent, to the 2010-2011 Genesis Coupe. The NHTSA also mentioned that an additional 186,254 Hyundais have side air bag issues, mostly affecting the Elantra from 2011-2013.

“This worrying recall is of great concern,” said Frederick. “Often, attorneys are looking to verify if another driver is to blame. However, it is imperative to understand all facets and circumstances, and an inspection of the cars must be done properly. If a brake light is faulty, a serious rear end motor vehicle accident could occur. These accidents are some of the worst, as the occupants rarely know in advance. They usually fail to brace their body for the impact. Whiplash and other neck and back injuries often occur as a result."

Silbowitz, Garafola, Silbowitz, Schatz & Frederick is a New York law firm comprised of highly professional and dedicated personal injury attorneys with over 80 years of combined experience prosecuting personal injury lawsuits. Our team is experienced at recovering multi-million dollar awards. We are committed to providing the highest quality legal representation to seriously injured victims and their families.

*3rd April 2013

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