The holiday shopping season is in full swing in the final month leading up to Christmas Day. This time of year always involves previews for late-year blockbuster films, the latest toys and gadgets, and promotions for new automobiles. But this year, consumers in Southern Nevada are viewing car commercials with some reservation in the wake of a series of new automobile recalls.
Nearly everyone has by now heard of the Toyota auto recall and problems with Ford vehicles and rollovers. Now, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating more late-model vehicles for potentially unsafe defects. Some 150,000 Honda CR-Vs made for model year 2006 are being scrutinized to determine whether or not a wiring defect in the power windows may lead to fires within the door panel. Another 41,000 cars – these units of the 2007 Kia Optima – are being inspected with regard to a transmission problem. The concern is that the shift cable in the Optima’s automatic transmission might become detached, allowing the car to slip out of gear. In one instance, a vehicle exhibiting this failure rolled away while parked.
The potential threats posted by both of these defects are obvious – the consequences of a fire from faulty wiring could include serious damage to the car and even a home fire if it were garaged. A slow-growing fire, suddenly revealed, could cause a driver to panic and potentially cause a motor vehicle accident. A faulty transmission is an even more direct danger – an unreliable transmission could lead to sudden changes of speed and a runaway vehicle could cause massive amounts of personal liability in an urban area.
If you own a 2006 Honda CR-V or a 2007 Kia Optima, contact our Las Vegas automobile recall attorneys today for a free consultation. We can explain the scope of the recall and inform you of any rights you may have to compensation or correction of the defects. With offices downtown and in Summerlin, we can give you legal help when and where you need it.