Two Automakers Recall Vehicles Over Accident, Personal Injury Risks

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Two automakers are recalling thousands of vehicles in the United States after learning of equipment issues that could increase the risk of accidents. 

The largest recall was announced by General Motors. 

According to the firm’s announcement, about 740,000 SUVs sold nationwide come with headlights that are excessively bright. Because the headlight housings can illuminate some areas with too much light, other drivers can suffer reduced visibility, increasing the risk of accidents. 

Impacted vehicles include the GMC Terrain SUVs from the 2010 to the 2017 year models. 

GM attempted to avoid a recall, claiming that it is aware of only one customer complaint regarding the issue. However, regulators with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told the manufacturer that the recall was necessary. 

The firm will begin contacting impacted vehicle owners on April 23. 

Volkswagen Recall Involves Airbag, Brake Issues That Lead To Personal Injury Risk

In a report issued by the NHTSA, regulators explained that Volkswagen is recalling 246,000 Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport SUVs after the firm learned that a wiring issue can increase the risk of airbag, window, and brake malfunction. 

If a wiring defect is present, officials stated, the airbags can deploy “later than designed,” increasing the risk of personal injury in the event of an accident. The wiring issue could also lead to window and parking problems, causing the vehicle’s parking brake to be engaged while traveling at low speeds. 

While the firm stated that it does not have a fix for the issue, Volkswagen will contact impacted vehicle owners on May 10, 2022. The firm should reach out to car owners a second time once it has developed a repair program for the wiring problem. 

Recalled vehicles include the 2019 through 2023 Volkswagen Atlas, as well as the 2020 through 2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Avoid Accidents And Personal Injury By Never Ignoring An Open Recall

As personal injury attorneys, we are aware that a number of drivers suffer injuries after accidents caused by equipment failure. In many of these cases, drivers are unaware that their vehicles have been recalled. However, in some cases, drivers are aware of open recalls impacting their vehicles but choose to postpone taking their vehicles to a dealership. 

Being a safe and responsible driver means always making sure that your vehicle is in top shape. Responding to auto recalls promptly and making sure your vehicle is fixed as soon as possible helps keep you and your loved ones safe.