Auto Accident Lawyers

A tragic California accident that remains under investigation is prompting auto accident lawyers to question the safety of certain car models.

According to a series of local reports, a California driver called 911 while traveling on the 210 Freeway in Rialto recently. During his exchange with the authorities, the man claimed the vehicle’s cruise control had become stuck. He attempted to stop the vehicle or deactivate the control by pressing on the brakes, but was unsuccessful. As a result, the driver was incapacitated to stop the vehicle and, eventually, the car crashed. While the vehicle flipped over, it didn’t impact any other car. The driver, however, was seriously injured.

As local authorities investigate the leading factor behind this crash, many believe the cruise control system in the 2000 Nissan Frontier the man was driving was defective. Until the moment investigators are able to report on what they found, it’s hard for anybody to judge prematurely. But the reality is that several vehicle models that present equipment failure are only recalled after people are injured.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2000 Nissan Frontier was recalled about six times in the past over issues with the vehicle’s exterior lights, powertrain, and fuel system, but none of the recall campaigns launched recently were linked to the cruise control system.

Recently, Hyundai Motor America launched a recall that impacted all units of the 2009 through 2011 Hyundai Accent vehicles. Since the vehicles’ brake light switches may malfunction, drivers may have a hard time deactivating the cruise control in the recalled cars while pressing the brake pedal. While this recall is related to a different vehicle model produced by another brand, investigators may end up looking into similar recalls to identify potential problems with the car linked to this tragic accident.

In the past, many other vehicles were recalled for cruise control issues.

To auto accident lawyers, consumers who are concerned about their own safety should not ignore the risks associated with open recalls. If your vehicle was recalled over a safety issue, do not wait until you’re injured to act.

Too often, accidents happen long after recalls are launched.

Reporting accidents or other problems to federal regulators is also important. Many recalls are only launched after regulators open probes into vehicles that are named in consumer complaints frequently.

If you’re serious about safety—and about avoiding accidents—do not wait until you’re injured to have your vehicle’s open recall addressed at a local dealership.