Motor vehicles have many different essential parts that could malfunction and cause serious problems and possible injuries. Auto manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure that the vehicles they sell are free from defects that might cause physical or financial harm to consumers. When a company discovers that a vehicle is defective, it should swiftly take appropriate action to address the matter to keep consumers safe.
Recently, manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced a recall of 108,000 Ram trucks. The recall specifically affects Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickups with model years 2014 to 2019. No gas-powered or 2020 models are impacted by the recall. Another 50,000 trucks are recalled in Canada and 1,730 outside of North America.
The recall stems from a defect that caused small cracks in exhaust gas recirculation coolers. The cracks are often microscopic, so vehicle owners could not identify the issue on their own. Coolant might escape through these cracks and result in an engine fire. So far, FCA has received reports of fires, as well as injuries to four people while trying to extinguish engine fires.
If you have a Ram 1500 EcoDiesel truck manufactured from 2014 to 2019, you should immediately enter your vehicle identification number (VIN) in the recall locator provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Follow the instructions provided to ensure you are safe and that engine fires are prevented whenever possible.
Auto Defects Can Lead to Injuries
Many different auto defects can result in accidents and injuries before a recall is ever issued. Manufacturers often wait until they receive several reports of a specific defect before they launch an internal investigation that might lead to a recall. In the meantime, more and more motorists driving certain vehicles could be at risk of serious injuries.
Some defects that have led to severe accidents in recent years involved the following:
- Airbags that would send sharp metal shards into the vehicle when they deployed, often injuring vehicle occupants
- Ignition switches that would turn off when the car was in motion, causing drivers to crash
- Tire treads that separate and cause tire blowouts, which can lead a driver to lose control and possibly rollover
Many companies put consumers at risk when they sell vehicles that can malfunction. Sadly, some manufacturers put off issuing a recall, and more motorists needlessly suffer injuries in the meantime. Even after a recall is issued, serious problems can arise, and injured accident victims might have important legal rights.
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If you suffered injuries due to a Ram EcoDiesel truck engine fire or another vehicle defect, you should not wait to speak with an experienced defective product lawyer at David C. Chavez Law Firm. We know how to take on large corporations on behalf of injured clients, and we can advise you on the best course of action in your case. Contact us for a no-cost consultation as soon as possible.