Voluntary Auto Recalls

June 1, 2022

When a vehicle manufacturer is made aware of problems that pose a safety risk to consumers, they may issue a voluntary recall. In an effort to avoid liability for any harm the defects cause, the recall does not expire, and the manufacturer offers a solution to fix the problem. Typically, they either choose to offer a free repair, replacement, or refund. If you own a vehicle that has a recall affecting it, you should receive a notice in the mail containing details on the safety concern and how to resolve it. 

What Auto Recalls Have Occurred from 2022?

Millions of vehicles have already been recalled in 2022. Here are some of the recalls that affected the largest amount of vehicles: 

June 2022

  • Ford recalled 2.9 million vehicles because of a problem that might cause gearboxes to not work correctly
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) issued a recall for 270,000 SUVs because of an anti-lock brake system (ABS) issue, which may allow a vehicle to start and shift out of park without applying the brake. 

May 2022

April 2022

  • Ford recalled over 650,000 vehicles manufactured in the past few years because of faulty windshield wipers. 
  • Toyota recalled nearly 460,000 vehicles due to issues with the stability control system. 

March 2022

  • BMW recalled over 900,000 vehicles due to an electrical short that can lead to a fire risk. 
  • General Motors recalled more than 700,000 GMC Terrain vehicles because the reflection from the headlights impacted other drivers’ visibility. 
  • General Motors issued a recall for over 680,000 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrains due to windshield wiper failure. 

February 2022

  • Tesla recalled more than 800,000 vehicles because seat belt chimes were not activating. 

January 2022

  • Nissan Motor Co. recalled close to 690,000 Rogue vehicles because of an increased fire risk caused by water possibly reaching the wiring. 
  • Kia recalled over 410,000 vehicles due to the risk of airbags failing to deploy in a car accident

Do I Have Recourse If a Recalled Component of a Car Caused an Accident or Injury?

If you suffer a severe injury or are involved in an accident caused by a defective or faulty vehicle or part, you have the right to sue the manufacturer for damages. Depending on your situation, you may be able to join a class-action lawsuit or file a personal injury claim. Even if you took advantage of the recall repairs offered, you can still pursue compensation for your losses. The value of your claim will depend on your unique circumstances, the severity of your injuries, whether another party or you were to blame, etc. With these types of cases, it is best to consult a Minneapolis Products Liability Lawyer. Successfully bringing a claim against a vehicle manufacturer can be incredibly complex. An attorney will have the experience, knowledge, and resources to ensure you have a solid case.