2016 was a Record Breaking Year for Automotive Recalls
As the cost of cars, trucks, and SUVs increases, the quality of those same vehicles seems to be on the decline. 53.2 million vehicles were recalled in 2016, a 7% increase over 2015 involving a record-breaking 927 recall campaigns. According to an article posted by Reuters, much of this increase is due to the Takata airbag recalls that impacted dozens of makes and models. However, a variety of additional vehicle defects contributed to this alarming spike and, along with it, a shocking number of serious and fatal injuries caused by defective vehicles and their component parts.
An average of 17 recalls were issued every week in 2016 – just over two a day – marking what seems to be a trend of poor design and manufacturing practices across nearly all automakers. Many of these recalls were, thankfully, issued before injury occurred. Far too many were not. If you have been injured by a vehicle defect, our Minneapolis product liability attorneys are here to take your case and fight for your rights, helping you secure the full compensation your injuries demand.
As we’ve discussed on our blog before, a recall is not a shield from liability. Even when a recall has been issued, people injured by defective products are often entitled to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and related economic and noneconomic damages. If you have been injured by a defective vehicle, even if that vehicle has been recalled, please contact GoldenbergLaw to see how we can help. Our attorneys serve Minneapolis and all surrounding areas of Minnesota.