All too often, accidents happen because car owners ignored auto recalls. In other instances, accidents happen because automakers ignored issues with the vehicles. In those cases, accidents may occur, and sometimes, people are injured.
According to the official reports, over 297,000 Dodge Caravans have been recalled precisely because incidents that resulted in injuries were reported.
Officials say that the 2011 and 2012 Dodge minivans may present wiring problems that could trigger the driver side air bag to deploy inadvertently. As a result, these air bags may present injury and even crash risks as they may deploy while the vehicle is in use.
While the recall doesn’t have anything to do with the Takata air bag recalls, it’s still serious as at least 13 minor injuries associated with this problem have been reported by the company. No word on how many actual incidents have occurred in association with these vehicles.
The official recall campaign should begin in July. Consumers with the recalled vehicles should contact the manufacturer to schedule a visit to a dealer where the vehicles will be repaired entirely for free.
The second recall announcement that consumers should not ignore comes from Volvo. According to the company, the 2017 Volvo XC90 luxury vehicles are being recalled over a possible injury risk.
Since these vehicles come with micro gas generators that may detach as the seat belt retractor pretensioner is deployed, the parts may become a projectile, exposing anyone in the cabin to major and potentially deadly risks.
Volvo will begin contacting impacted vehicle owners in August. Once you’re contacted, schedule a visit to a dealer where the third-row passenger-side seat belt retractor will be replaced for free.
Whether you own one of the Volvo or the Dodge cars impacted by this recall, do not wait until injuries have occurred for you to act as both recall campaigns are serious and could pose deadly risks to vehicle occupants.