Honda is recalling nearly 1.2 million Accord vehicles after getting reports of the cars’ battery sensors causing fires in engines. According to a CNN news report, the Japanese automaker announced that it would recall Accord vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2016. The sensors, which notify drivers when there is an issue with the battery, may not be properly sealed against moisture. Therefore, substances such as road salt could enter the sensor causing it to short and spark a fire. Defective cars are the cause of many accidents and injuries each year, and if you were injured as a result of a defect in your car, be sure to contact the experienced RI defective automobile lawyers.
Honda, along with its luxury car brand Acura, has been taken a hit with the Takata airbag recall, which affected millions of its vehicles. To date, 12 people have died just in the United States as a result of these exploding airbags that expel shards of metal into the passenger compartment. Honda has said it will begin notifying Accord owners affected by the latest battery recall by the end of July. Owners may also check if their car is included in the recall by visiting recalls.honda.com or by calling (888) 234-2138.
How Common Are Car Fires?
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were a total of about 174,000 highway vehicle fires in the United States resulting in 445 deaths and 1,550 injuries. Direct property damage caused by vehicle fires each year has been estimated at about $1.2 billion. The NFPA states that a majority of vehicle fires are caused by mechanical malfunctions or electrical failure in the vehicles. If you suffer burn injuries it is important that you know your legal rights, so be sure to contact an experienced burn injury lawyer if this happens to you.
What If My Vehicle Is Recalled?
If your vehicle has been recalled for a safety defect, there are a number of steps you would be well advised to take in order to protect yourself and your family and to safeguard your legal rights:
- Don’t panic and remain calm. A recall is typically issued when a vehicle or vehicle part does not meet federal safety standards, or is found to have a defect that affects safety. Many automakers voluntarily announce recalls though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) mandates some of the actions.
- Confirm that your car is affected by the recall. You can do so by contacting the manufacturer or visiting NHTSA’s site, safercar.gov. You can enter your vehicle identification number or VIN to find out if your vehicle has been affected by the recall.
- If you find out that your vehicle is part of the recall, take your vehicle to the dealer who will make the necessary repairs. The law requires that repairs on safety recalls be made at no cost to consumers. If you are having trouble getting your car repaired free of charge, contact the manager at the dealership and provide a copy of your recall notice. If that doesn’t work, contact the manufacturer directly. If all else fails, file a complaint with NHTSA by phone, mail or online.
- Finally, if a defect in your vehicle causes you to have a car accident, contact a RI car accident lawyer who can help you obtain compensation for every aspect of your suffering and injuries.
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If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a vehicle defect, you may be eligible to receive compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Our personal injury law firm is working with auto defect attorneys nationwide who help those injured by defective auto products obtain maximum compensation for their losses. Call us at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online, for a no-cost, no-obligation case consultation.