Memphis, TN- Between 2014 and 2015, auto recalls in the U.S. reached near historic proportions, involving nearly one-quarter of vehicles operating in the U.S. In the first three-quarters of 2015, 34 million vehicles were part of a recall for a range of issues, Fortune reports. Fortunately for motorists, a large number of those recalls involved minor problems such as a faulty window switch or  But some recalls are for major issues that can lead to serious harm for a motorist.
A recall is issued if an automaker determines a part is defective either on their own or if they are made aware of the defective part by a federal regulatory agency or a consumer. Once a defective is found, an auto manufacturer will be asked to issue a voluntary recall. If they refuse, a regulatory agency will issue the recall, and an automaker faces sanctions.
As we discussed before, not all faulty parts tied to an auto recalls are going to jeopardize a motorist’s safety. However, there are instances in which they do, like with the faulty ignition switches in certain GM models. Ignition switches in particular models would unexpectedly turn, cutting off the car and causing a crash. Over a hundred of those crashes were fatal, and many others involved multiple injuries. Many of those victims pursued GM for compensation.
A personal injury suit tied to an auto recall is unlike a routine accident lawsuit because it a has a different standard of proof. An auto manufacturer is not automatically liable for a traffic accident just because there is a recall on a specific model or part. Instead, the part or model subjected to the recall must be a primary factor or the direct cause of an accident before a victim can file a claim. That entails demonstrating the exact cause of an accident and how the part factored in. A recall is circumstantial evidence at best, so a victim is going to need more proof like testimony from eyewitnesses and accident experts to prove
You will have greater success with your product liability claim if you can show an automaker did not recall a part when they know they should have. That is what happened in the case of GM, who admitted they knew the ignition switches were faulty over a decade before they finally issued a recall. Ignoring the safety of a motorist for whatever reason is negligent.
Your product liability claim will only be successful if you have someone conducting a thorough investigation of your accident and can other evidence to prove your claim. That is why you need someone who understands Tennessee’s personal injury laws helping you with your case.
At USAttorneys, we have a team of accident lawyers in Memphis, Tennessee, who have the resources to build a strong personal injury case for you or a loved one. If you have were injured in an accident because of defective auto parts.

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