Several SUV models are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for potentially faulty car defects. These recalls are unrelated to one another, but it's a clear message that we may never know when the vehicle we depend on can turn our life around unexpectedly.
Just because SUV's are designed for tougher conditions it seems that certain models do not match up to these standards. Certain models including the Toyota RAV4, the GMC Acadia, the Saturn Outlook and the Honda Pilot are being scrutinized by safety regulators for safety issues that include corroding undercarriages, headlights that intermittently work and brakes that have a mind of their own.
Toyota RAV4s losing control at 35mph
The Toyota inspections are a result of complaints lodged against the automaker that drivers lost control of the vehicles over 35 mph. The defect being inspected affects 2006 to 2008 RAV4 crossovers because of a rear tie-rod rust issue that can cause failure.
Saturn Outlooks and GMC Acadias subject to headlight blackouts
The NHTSA received 415 complaints about the low beam headlights blacking out suddenly on 2008 Saturn Outlooks and GMC Acadias, which may be caused by overheating of the wiring harness, causing it to melt. The NHTSA is still assessing whether to begin an official investigation.
Honda pilots with no stable brakes
Defects in the stability control systems of 2005 Honda Pilot vehicles include 35 complaints about brakes being applied involuntarily, causing the driver to lose control.
One incident report said, "We had our 2-year-old and newborn in a car which screeched to an unexpected full stop in the middle of an intersection halfway through a turn.
Thousands of potentially dangerous vehicles in circulation
The scale of the recall problem can be highlighted by a look at the sheer number of potentially faulty vehicles in circulation on U.S. roads.
- 2006 to 2008 461,812 RAV4s
- 2007 to 2009 253,113 Acadias and Outlooks
- 2006 to 2009 142,353 Honda Pilots
Our busy freeways are packed with hundreds of thousands of these vehicles. Faulty undercarriages, faulty lighting and brake deficiencies are lethal weapons when we are out driving our kids to school, going to work or cruising around on vacation.
If you, or a member of your family, have been injured because of a car defect then you should contact a Houston personal injury lawyer immediately to investigate your case.
If you have questions, contact our office today at 1-877-342-2020 for a free consultation.