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Automakers recall even more cars to reduce accident risks

On May 9, two automakers announced the recall of several hundred thousand motor vehicles. These recalls will serve to make the ever-growing list of recalled automobiles only that much longer in the coming year, though they will hopefully prevent car accident related injuries caused by dangerous defects. As for the specifics, Ford announced recalls for approximately 692,500 Escapes and 65,000 C-Max crossovers. Chrysler, in turn, announced recalls for approximately 780,000 minivans. These recalls will affect Chrysler and Ford owners in Tennessee and the rest of the United States.

Both the Ford Escapes and C-Maxes were recalled due to issues with their airbag deployment systems. In instances where these recalled vehicles roll over, a computer glitch could cause the airbags not to deploy, putting the occupants of the vehicles at increased risk of death or injury. Another problem that relates to the Ford Escapes has to do with malfunctioning door handles that could spontaneously open while the vehicle is in motion on the roadway. According to the manufacturers, owners of recalled Escapes and C-Maxes can take the automobiles to their local dealership for free inspections and, where necessary, repairs.

As for the Chrysler recall, it relates to a problem with the power windows. Allegedly, the driver's side window switch is in danger of overheating. While the company reports that 36 overheating incidents have been reported, no injuries or accidents have occurred relating to these events of which the company is aware.

Modern day automobiles contain complex technologies and systems, which could present car accident dangers involving personal injury if they are defective and fail. While most automotive accidents result from the activities or negligence of a driver, when defective automobiles are involved in such a crash, injuries and instances of death could be elevated. In some Tennessee car accident cases, for example, liability for damages may be divided between an at-fault driver and a negligent automotive manufacturer, especially if the negligence of both parties can be shown to have led or contributed to the injuries of the plaintiff.

Source: CNN Money, "Ford, Chrysler each announce large recalls", Katie Lobosco, May 9, 2014

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