Manufacturers must inform the owners of these vehicles of any defects and tell them what to do to address any safety issues. Defects might be detected years after the vehicle has been on the road.
West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) November 23, 2013
West Palm Beach car accident lawyer Charles Cartwright of Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., said a recent Honda minivan recall serves as a reminder that car manufacturers must take quick action if a safety problem is detected.
Cartwright commented on a report in USA Today which stated that a potential braking issue that can cause Honda’s Odyssey minivan to stop suddenly has led to a recall of 344,000 Odyssey minivans made for the 2007-2008 model year.
Cartwright said consumers should be aware of any recalls of their vehicles. He said drivers can see if their motor vehicles have been recalled by visiting http://www.recalls.gov/.
“It’s the responsibility of the manufacturer to address safety issues in a timely fashion. Manufacturers must inform the owners of these vehicles of any defects and tell them what to do to address any safety issues,” said Cartwright, whose firm represents victims of negligence and families who lost loved ones in accidents. “Defects might be detected years after the vehicle has been on the road. If you get a notice from your car manufacturer or hear about a recall in the media, don’t ignore it or take the recall lightly. An accident because of a vehicle defect can have devastating consequences.”
According to USA Today, Honda issued the recall due to a software and parts problem that could cause hydraulic pressure to build up in the braking system after an engine restart, thus causing sudden and unexpected braking without the brake lamps coming on.
USA Today reports that no injuries or accidents have reported by Honda. The car manufacturer says that it will replace a “yaw sensor” available starting in early 2014. Until then, USA Today reports that instructions will be available online from Honda on how to prevent the problem from occurring.
Cartwright said recalls of vehicles are not unusual. Problems that might lead to a recall range from defective brakes and child door locks to malfunctioning seatbelts or air bags. He said companies sometimes fail to inform consumers about problems, which can have disastrous consequences.
Cartwright said attorneys can help anyone injured or families who have lost loved ones in accidents because of defective car parts. An attorney can hold the responsible company accountable and send a message that negligence will not be tolerated.
About Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A.
Charles Cartwright obtained his law degree from the University of Miami in 1993 and has been practicing law in South Florida for over 20 years. Well versed in all steps of the personal injury process, Cartwright is an AV-rated attorney who has received the highest rating from Martindale Hubbell. Adriana Gonzalez obtained her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida, and has been an officer in the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association since 2009. In 2012 and 2013, she was named one of Florida’s Rising Stars by Super Lawyers for her work in personal injury law.
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