In news statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in cooperation with General Motors Company (GMC), announced the recall of certain 2012 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles because they contain tire pressure monitoring systems that do not meet federal safety standards.
The recall affects roughly 34,000 Equinoxes and Terrains from the model year 2012. This recall was initiated by the NHTSA after the agency found that the vehicles feature tire pressure monitoring system computers that fail to alert drivers when their tire pressure falls below the federal safety standard. The federal standard for tire pressure monitoring systems in vehicles is designed to alert drivers when the air pressure in any of the vehicle’s tires falls under 25 percent of the vehicle’s recommended cold inflation pressure. Certain models of each vehicle fail feature tire pressure monitoring systems that fail to illuminate the dashboard warning light until the internal tire pressure falls to a level beneath the 25 percent standard.
According to the NHTSA, improperly inflated tires can result in the overheating of the tires or even blowouts, which can further result in auto accidents that involve injury. Underinflated tires can also result in premature and uneven tread wear, poor vehicle handling and increase fuel consumption.
General Motors plans to begin notifying known affected consumers this month of the NHTSA recall. Owners will be scheduled to bring in the vehicle to a local dealership where technicians will replace the faulty modules free of charge.
As an Olympia car accident lawyer, I’ve seen recalls concerning defective auto parts before and understand the significant dangers they pose to drivers. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was the result of a defective auto part, it may be in your best interests to call a personal injury lawyer in your city to learn more about your rights a consumer.