New Luxury Vehicle Recalls Issued Due to Personal Injury Risk

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Over the last few months, we have covered several massive vehicle recalls on our Charleston personal injury blog. First, there was the recall of Takata airbag inflators, which literally explode, sending shrapnel throughout vehicles. These were included in millions of vehicles, manufactured by several auto makers. Then, it came to light that GM was aware that their ignition switches had issues, even during the design phase. They were released anyway, and were responsible for numerous deaths, because they cut off power to vehicles while they were in motion. After that, a couple million more vehicles from various companies were recalled because they had faulty crash sensors, which caused the airbags to deploy in absence of a crash. Now, two well-known luxury vehicle makers are recalling their vehicles as well. Mercedes-Benz Fire Risk According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), several models of Mercedes-Benz vehicles are dangerous. There are 147,224 cars included in the recall, which encompasses model years between 2013 and 2015. The Mercedes-Benz E-class sedans and station wagons, as well as CLS-class sedans,have a rubber gasket which can detach from the engine bay and adhere to the interior of the hood of the vehicle. The seal can then later release, fall back into the working components, and start a fire. Vehicle owners are urged to go to an authorized dealer as soon as possible, and have retaining clips installed to secure the gasket in place. Jaguar Land Rover Airbag Issues Last week, Jaguar also issued a recall of nearly 62,000 vehicles. Range Rovers which were released between 2013 and 2015, as well as Range Rover Sports from 2014-2015. The vehicles have an issue with their passenger-side airbag sensor that causes the airbag to remain off, even when a passenger is seated. Although this is a built-in safety feature, designed to stop the airbags from deploying when a child is seated in the front of the vehicle, smaller adults are unable to trigger the sensor to turn on the airbags as well. The manufacturer reports that this can be corrected with a software update, provided by one of their dealers. They plan to send out instructions to owners of the recalled vehicles starting in April, 2015. There Have Been No Reports of Personal Injury Yet So far, there have been no reports of anyone being hurt by these defective products and both companies are recalling their vehicles voluntarily. In light of recent events, it's refreshing to see companies take action before their customers are caused harm by their products. However, it's still concerning that dangerous vehicles are still being manufactured and saddening that Jaguar is allowing so many of their customers to go without safety devices for so long.

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