Pennsylvania Car Accident Lawyer Randall C. Flager Comments on Report Concerning General Motors Recall of 43,000 vehicles

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Philadelphia auto accident attorney Randall C. Flager of Flager & Associates, PC, praises federal officials for being cautious about a recall of 43,000 General Motors vehicles.

Defective vehicles can cause serious, sometimes fatal car accidents. That’s why there’s no room for error when it comes to mechanical defects.

Philadelphia personal injury lawyer Randall C. Flager of Flager & Associates, PC, said today his firm is closely monitoring the news of a government agency’s investigation into a General Motors recall.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating whether General Motors has done enough to ensure the safety of 43,000 vehicles recalled in May due to a fire reported in such vehicles, according to The Detroit News, “Feds launch query into GM recall” (July 9, 2013).

“The NHTSA is wise to make sure that all safety concerns are being addressed before these recalled vehicles return to the road,” said Flager, who represents victims of negligence and families who lost loved ones in accidents. “Defective vehicles can cause serious, sometimes fatal car accidents. That’s why there’s no room for error when it comes to mechanical defects. The smallest manufacturing error can result in serious auto accidents. We have seen the devastating impact that a defective vehicle accident can have on individuals and their families.”

In early May, General Motors recalled “42,904 2012-2013 Buick LaCrosse, Regal and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco vehicles to address problems with the generator control module in models equipped with eAssist,” according to The Detroit News. Specifically, the federal government has expressed concerns with the vehicle’s battery running down and not being able to start, The Detroit News reported. Such problems “may also lead to a burning or melting odor, smoke and possibly a fire in the trunk,” The Detroit News reported.

In particular, if car owners ignore a low battery warning light, there is a possibility that “the engine could stall and a fire could occur in the trunk,” according to The Los Angeles Times, “GM recalls more than 38,000 Chevy, Buick hybrids due to fire risk” (May 6, 2013).

GM has stated that it is inspecting all the recalled vehicles and replacing parts when necessary. But the NHTSA has questioned whether GM’s screening process to identify the problem is adequate, The Detroit News reported.

Automakers and government regulators must be extremely cautious before declaring that a vehicle’s safe to return to the road, said Flager, a Philadelphia auto accident lawyer.

“People shouldn’t have to wonder if the vehicles they purchase are safe to drive,” Flager said. “If these vehicles turn out to have defects, the car manufacturers and the government agencies that regulate them need to make absolutely sure that these defects are completely fixed before these cars are allowed back on the road. We have dealt with far too many auto accidents caused by defective car parts. We know what the consequences are for such mistakes.”

For more information about what to do after an auto accident in Pennsylvania caused by a car defect and the legal options available to families, call (215) 953-5200 or visit online at

About Flager & Associates, PC

Experienced Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer Randall C. Flager created Flager & Associates, PC, in order to provide exceptional legal advice to residents in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Bucks County and throughout Pennsylvania. The law firm focuses on auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, workplace accidents, product liability and slip and fall accidents. Attorney Flager and his staff work closely with each client and have a strong track record for obtaining large verdicts and settlements. The law firm works on a contingency fee basis. As a result, clients only pay for legal services if they win.

Flager & Associates, PC

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1210 Northbrook Drive, Suite 280

Trevose, PA 19053

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