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Houston Man's Truck Catches Fire 30 Minutes after Recall Notice

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A Houston wrestling coach received a recall notice on his 2014 Chevy Silverado truck just 30 minutes before his truck burst into flames. The man was driving along Richmond around 7 p.m. one night last week, and noticed a ball of fire under his truck's hood. He scrambled to get out of the truck, and according to him it was engulfed in flames within 30 seconds.

Last week, GM sent out around 370,000 recall letters for 2014 Chevy Silverados and 2014 GMC Sierra trucks. The trucks contain a software malfunction that causes idling trucks to heat up to a level that will start a fast moving fire, according to GM. The fire melts plastic parts inside the trucks, and the trucks can be destroyed fairly quickly. According to the recall notice, truck owners are to report to a GM dealership as quickly as possible for a free fix. The fix only takes 30 minutes. Until the vehicles are repaired, the vehicles' owners are warned not to let the vehicles idle.

As this story illustrates, it's important not to ignore vehicle recall notices. Although sometimes it's tempting to ignore the recalls, figuring they aren't important, nothing will happen, and you are too busy to deal with it, recalls are issued for a reason. Recalls cost companies a great deal of money and negative publicity, and are not issued lightly. Therefore, if your vehicle is ever recalled, it's important that you get the vehicle repaired very promptly, especially if the problem is a potential safety problem.

Automobile manufacturers frequently try to avoid issuing recalls in order to save money. Whether or not they issue a recall, if a vehicle defect occurs and causes injuries or property damage, the manufacturer is responsible for the damages. This can include money for medical expenses, lost wages, damage to the vehicle, wrongful death, and more.

If you have been injured because of a defective vehicle in the Houston area, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493, or visit us on Twitter. We will be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Call today.

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