Hardly a week goes by these days that an auto manufacturer isn’t announcing a recall. Last year was a record year for vehicle recalls in the United States, and the pace of recalls hasn’t slowed in 2015. That means dangerous cars are on California’s streets and highways. General Motors (GM), for example, announced in July that the company is recalling nearly 780,000 crossover SUVs because their rear power lift gates could suddenly fall and injure people. If you are injured by any defective vehicle or vehicle part in the Los Angeles area or the Pasadena area, you may be able to file a personal injury claim and receive reimbursement with the help of an experienced Pasadena product liability attorney.
This latest GM recall covers the Buick Enclave from model years 2008 through 2012, the Chevrolet Traverse from 2009 through 2012, the GMC Acadia from 2007 through 2012, and the Saturn Outlook from 2007 through 2010. Dirt can get into the gas struts that hold up the gate, causing them to wear and fail, the company said. SUVs built after March 2012 have a slightly different design and are less likely to fail. The recall covers vehicles in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. GM said 56 injuries linked to the rear power lift gates have been reported.
When a vehicle or vehicle part is defective but a recall has not yet been announced, drivers and their passengers can be in real danger. Always keep your car thoroughly and regularly maintained, and when anything seems wrong, have a certified mechanic take a look. If you are injured now or in the future by any defective vehicle or part in southern California, you are entitled to compensation for your medical treatment and related expenses, but you must discuss your case at once with an experienced Pasadena product liability attorney. Don’t wait to make the call.