A gearshift problem has forced Chrysler to issue a major worldwide Jeep recall. The Examiner reports that almost 470,000 Jeep vehicles have been recalled, including 2006 to 2010 Jeep Commanders and 2005 to 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokees. According to the recall notice, these SUVs can shift into neutral from park without warning, increasing the risk of a rollaway.
Chrysler began looking into this potentially dangerous defect when a customer reported in January 2012 that the vehicle rolled away after being started remotely. Chrysler has since been notified of 26 accidents and two injuries linked to the defective auto part. There have been no reported fatalities. Chrysler plans to notify owners by mail and to fix the problem at no cost. This is the largest Chrysler recall since November 2012 when over 900,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs were recalled. That auto recall involved defective airbags that could deploy inadvertently.
It is common for investigators to assume that driver negligence is the reason for most car accidents, but some Georgia crashes are the direct result of a defective auto part. In such cases, the auto manufacturer can be held accountable for the injuries and damages caused. Victims of mechanical malfunctions will have to prove that an auto part was defective and that the defect contributed to his or her injuries.
A skilled auto defect attorney is often needed to get victims fair compensation for their losses. If you have been injured because of a defective auto part, financial compensation may be available your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, property losses, and other related damages. Please contact the Atlanta auto defect accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights. Please call us at (404) 995-3955 to find out how we can help you.