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Recent Automobile Recalls


High-profile automobile recalls have been in the news a lot lately, some of them affecting tens of millions of vehicles. Although the media tends to latch onto flashy recalls such as the General Motors ignition switch scandal or the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration issues recalls on an almost daily basis.

It is important to pay attention to all recalls, not just the ones that the media latches on to, because all of them may affect your safety and the safety of your passengers on the road. Below are some of the most significant recalls from the past month.

Takata Corporation Recalls Another 13.85 Million Airbags

Takata has been under fire for several years now due to potentially fatal defects in the airbags they supply to numerous automobile manufacturers across the world. On May 16, 2016, they just recalled another 13.85 million vehicles from across the country for defective air bag inflators.

According to the NHTSA, the defective inflators have a risk of rupturing, which may result in metal fragments striking the occupants of the vehicle. Although the specific models have yet to be identified, Takata will be working with affected manufacturers to replace the defective airbags.

Subaru Recalls 48,500 Legacy and Outback Vehicles

Subaru has recalled 48,500 2016 and 2017 Legacy and Outback vehicles manufactured between February 29, 2016 and May 6, 2016 for a particularly dangerous defect.

According to the NHTSA, the steering column in the vehicles were not machined properly, which may result in a sudden loss of steering ability. This sudden loss of steering ability while moving would greatly increase the risk of a crash.

Subaru will be contacting affected owners and coordinating with dealers to replace defective steering columns free of charge.

Ford Recalls 271,000 F-150 Pickup Trucks

The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling car in America for over 35 years, an impressive feat for a heavy duty pickup. Even with the switch to an aluminum alloy construction that caused supply and manufacturing disruptions last year, Ford managed to continue its reign by selling 780,000 trucks, many of which are sold in Florida.

Ford is recalling 271,000 2013 and 2014 F-150 trucks with 3.5 liter V6 engines. According to Ford, affected vehicles can leak brake fluid, reducing the ability of the front brakes to stop the trucks. Reduced braking ability could lead to increased risk of crashing, and already nine such incidents have been reported.

Ford will be replacing the brake master cylinders free of charge.

Injuries Caused By Vehicle Defects

Many automobile manufacturers issue voluntary recalls for defects before they cause serious injury, but many defects go unnoticed for years before a recall is issued. If you were involved in a car accident, and you suspect that it was caused by a defect in your vehicle, the vehicle manufacturer may be responsible for your injuries. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer for a consultation right away.

Michael J. Babboni's wide-ranging legal career is based on the strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and have access to effective legal help. Michael began putting his beliefs in action by helping the people of St. Petersburg Florida get what they are owed in civil trials fighting to protect families by making corporations pay, and honor their obligations.

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