We Hear About a Lot of Auto Recalls These Days

It seems that no matter how much research you do, how much money you spend or how many auto dealers you visit in Illinois to get your favorite car, you have no guarantee that it is safe from recalls while you own it.

Forbes Magazine reports that auto makers continued to experience an increase in sales over the past three years despite the sluggish national economy. The good news is that in 2012, the industry sold around 14.5 million units for an increase of 13 percent over 2011. The bad news is that these same auto manufacturers recalled 14.3 percent of current and past models during 2012.

In spite of great improvements in materials and manufacturing techniques, even the more popular vehicles such as Toyota and Honda face a safety recall at one point or another. The reasons for auto recalls cover a wide range of problems including:

  • Sticking accelerator
  • Leaking fuel and exhaust systems
  • Faulty brakes, ignition switches and water pumps
  • Engine failure
  • Air bag issues
  • Suspension malfunction

The list of potential issues is almost endless when it comes to cars, trucks and other vehicles. However, you are protected under Illinois law against product defects that cause injury. If you have been hurt because a mechanical system on your car failed, the manufacturer is liable.

Contact a Chicago attorney experienced in litigating personal injury and property damage caused by product failure or defect. A skilled products liability attorney knows how to construct a successful case to ensure that you are compensated fairly for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.