U.S. consumers and their families deserve safe, defect-free cars, and when flaws surface, action needs to be taken to protect other consumers from similar harm.
Columbia, SC (Vocus/PRWEB) March 08, 2011
Recent recalls by Ford and Toyota should remind South Carolina consumers of the potential safety risks posed by dangerous and defective automobiles and automotive parts, according to Columbia product liability attorney Bert Louthian.
“Fortunately, in many cases, an automaker or parts manufacturer will voluntarily recall a defective product,” said Louthian, a partner of The Louthian Law Firm, P.A., which represents injured consumers in product liability cases across South Carolina.
“However, there is always the risk that consumers may have suffered injury or death as a result of the defect before the recall was issued, or that there may be consumers who continue to ride around in a defective automobile without any knowledge of the recall,” Louthian said.
Last week, the Ford Motor Company recalled nearly 32,000 vehicles because of potential fuel line and electrical issues.
According to Reuters, the recall involves nearly 24,000 Ford Ranger trucks that may have had a fuel line improperly installed near the vehicle’s throttle body shield, which could lead to a fuel leak and fire. Reuters said the company had not reported that any actual fires had yet occurred.
Around another 8,000 Ford vehicles have been recalled due to potential electrical fires, including 2011 model year versions of the Ford Edge crossover, Lincoln MKX crossover and F-150, 250, 350, 450 and 550 pickup trucks, Reuters reported.
“That’s an example of a voluntary recall that has been prompted by a potential danger to consumers,” Louthian said. “You can only hope that, as a result of any recall, disaster has been averted.”
In some cases, a recall receives national media attention, such as Toyota’s recall of nearly eight million vehicles over the last two years due to pedal malfunctions, as reported by ABC News. According to the news outlet, Toyota announced last month that it would be recalling another 2.17 million vehicles due to pedal entrapment issues.
“My concern really lies with the safety issues that aren’t widely reported, such as issues with brakes, fuel leaks, electrical fires, roofs or doors,” Louthian said. “There are many recalls of defective automotive parts that don’t make it on to the national radar, but those automotive defects pose just as serious of a risk.
“U.S. consumers and their families deserve safe, defect-free cars, and when flaws surface, action needs to be taken to protect other consumers from similar harm,” he said.
About The Louthian Law Firm
The Louthian Law Firm, P.A., of Columbia, S.C., is a South Carolina personal injury law firm that has been obtaining fair compensation for defective product victims since 1959. The firm was founded by Herbert Louthian, who has more than 50 years of trial experience and is licensed to practice in all courts in South Carolina. The Louthian Law Firm represents truck accident victims and their families throughout South Carolina in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, including those in the communities of Columbia, Charleston, Florence, Greenville, Spartanburg, Myrtle Beach and Rock Hill. For a free, confidential case evaluation, contact the firm by phone at (866) 410-5656 or through its online form.