Last week, Chrysler recalled 442,000 vehicles sold in the U.S. because of issues with the head restraint function. According to Chrysler, after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011, there was a microcontroller shortage, and faulty microcontrollers entered into Chrysler's supply chain.
Because of the defective microcontrollers, the active head restraints weren't working properly. Active head restraints automatically move forward during rear impact crashes, which can help prevent neck injuries. Fortunately, according to Chrysler, no injuries or accidents have been reported.
The makes and models involved in the recall include 2011 to 2013 Chrysler Sebrings, Chrysler 200s and Dodge Avengers; 2011 to 2012 Dodge Nitro SUVs, and 2011 to 2013 Jeep Liberty SUVs. Most of these vehicles were sold in the U.S., although some were sold in Canada, Mexico, and elsewhere.
When car makers discover a problem with their vehicles that could result in harm to passengers, they owe a duty to vehicle owners to issue recalls in order to correct the problem. However, often automobile manufacturers fail to fix vehicle defects, often because the recall would be too expensive. Last month, Chrysler originally refused to recall vehicles that the NHTSA claimed were likely to catch fire when struck from behind before changing its policy less than a week later, perhaps fearing a public spectacle.
Automakers have a duty to manufacture vehicles that are safe for the public. If you or a loved one has been injured in a defective automobile in Houston, you have the legal right to compensation. Call the Houston defective car attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493, or visit our Facebook page. You can also find us on Twitter at @KennedyHodgesTX.