Subaru of America is issuing a recall of 47,419 vehicles in North America that have malfunctioning remote engine starters. As reported by The Detroit News, this auto recall affects the 2012-13 Impreza, 2010-13 Legacy, 2010-13 Outback, and the 2013 XV Crosstrek. Investigators say that the defect allows the engine to start and run for 15 minutes and continue to turn on and off until the battery in the key fob dies or the vehicle runs out of gas. This defect is particularly dangerous if the vehicle is parked in an enclosed space where a buildup of carbon monoxide can result in asphyxiation.
This is not the first auto recall in recent months that Subaru has had to issue. At the beginning of 2013, Subaru recalled 633,842 relatively late-model sedans, wagons, and crossovers that had electrical issues. According to an ABC News report, the recall resulted after there were a number of reports involving shorts in the electrical system that posed a fire hazard. Subaru was able to begin the recall for that defect before there were any actual vehicle fires, but there were incidents involving smoke.
If a mechanical or electrical malfunction results in substantial damage or physical injury, it may be in your best interest to contact an experienced Atlanta auto defect attorney. Often, it is possible to pursue financial support for your pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses by filing a claim against the at-fault manufacturer.
In order to hold an auto manufacturer accountable for a defective part, you will have to show how the Georgia auto accident occurred and what types of injuries resulted from the malfunction. It is important that you preserve the vehicle for a complete and thorough investigation and that you seek out medical attention to document your injuries. It is also important that you seek the guidance of a skilled attorney at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., who has successfully handled auto product liability cases against car and other product manufacturers. Call us today at (404) 995-3955 to learn more about your rights.