In September of 2015, Hyundai issued a recall for 470,000 vehicles due to problems with engine failure. In March of 2017, the recall was expanded to 1.2 million additional vehicles for the exact same reason – this time including Kia models. Now, the Associated Press reports that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation into the recall, alleging the companies took too long to recall vehicles that posed a dangerous crash risk.
According to the AP’s report, the initial recall included only Hyundai vehicles manufactured before April 2012. The expanded recall, issued 18 months later, includes Kia models that were left out of the original recall because, while the engines are the same, they were manufactured on a different production line and were not expected to have the same problems. Unfortunately, they do – and thousands of people have been placed at increased risk for serious injury as a result.
When a company is made aware of potential dangers posed by their product, they have a responsibility to act swiftly to protect consumers. Failure to do so makes the company liable for any damages that may result, even after a recall has been issued.
The Minneapolis defective vehicle attorneys at GoldenbergLaw have decades of combined experience holding negligent car companies accountable. If you have been injured by a defective vehicle, we are prepared to take your case as far as needed to help you secure the total compensation you are due.
Car companies have a history of dragging their feet when it comes to recalls – often at the expense of customer safety. If you drive a Hyundai or Kia, please visit the NHTSA’s vin lookup page to determine if your vehicle has been recalled. If you have been injured by a defective vehicle, regardless of make or model, please contact GoldenbergLaw online or by calling 612-436-5026 to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help. Located in Minneapolis, our product liability attorneys serve St. Paul, surrounding areas of Minnesota, and the nation.