Hobart, OK- This has been a busy year for auto recalls and the next in line to face not only a massive recall of some models, but the automaker also had orders to buyback thousands of Dodge trucks and SUVs over crash risk.
On Monday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced what is considered the largest automotive buyback in U.S. history. The agency also ordered the auto manufacturer to recall millions of vehicles and pay the largest civil penalty in the NHTSA’s history, USA Today reports.
Buyback orders apply to over 500,000 Dodge Ram pickups manufactured between 2008 and 2013, and thousands of specific models of Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen. Some models of these vehicles have defects which can cause a driver to lose power and steering or defects which can cause the axle to lock up, according to USA Today.  These defects increase a motorist’s risk of being in traffic accident.
You can determine if your vehicle is on the recall list or the buyback list by visiting the NHTSA website. Or a motorist can call Fiat Chrysler at 1-800-853-1403.
In addition to the buyback program—the total costs of which are unknown—Fiat Chrysler was ordered to pay a $105 million in civil penalties for failing to properly handle the 2013 recall of the vehicles now included in the buyback program. The agency alleges Fiat Chrysler bungled the recall, failing to inform consumers and not having an effective process for dealing with the recall.
“Today’s action holds Fiat Chrysler accountable for its past failures, pushes them to get unsafe vehicles repaired or off the roads and takes concrete steps to keep Americans safer going forward,” DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a NHTSA press release. “This civil penalty puts manufacturers on notice that the Department will act when they do not take their obligations to repair safety defects seriously.”
You could call 2015, the year of the massive auto recall. So far this year, General Motors has been fined millions and ordered to recall Faulty ignition switches in specific GM models have been tied to at least 100 fatal accidents and thousands of injuries
Then there was Takata, the Japanese airbag manufacturer that was ordered to recall 33.8 million vehicles for airbag replacement. In some cases, Takata airbags exploded in the faces of motorists during crashes, maiming, injuring and, in rare cases, killing a motorist.
When it comes to traffic accidents, motorists are not always at fault or may be only partly responsible for a major Oklahoma collision. Often an accident is directly related to a defective part, manufacturing defect or other mechanical issue, and takes responsibility for an accident out or a motorist’s hands. Accident victims who suspect a manufacturing defect or problem led to their collision are urged to contact an accident attorney near them in Oklahoma to assist them with their injury or wrongful death claim.
USAttorneys has a team of personal injury lawyers in Oklahoma who will devote their time and expertise to each client so that they obtain maximum compensation. If you are in Hobart, Oklahoma, we recommend law firm Talley & Talley to represent you throughout all stages of your accident claim.

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