Volvo Recalls 250,000 Vehicles Due to Defective Seatbelt
The exact number of vehicles that Volvo announced a recall of is 244,800. The recall is related to potentially defective seatbelt fasteners. The recall was initiated in China, and several Volvo models were subject to the recall, which will begin in January of 2021 in China and August 25th in the U.S.
The earliest known models with the defect date back to 2006, while the latest models are from 2019. Volvo announced earlier this year that they would be recalling over 300,000 vehicles in the U.S. and over 2 million worldwide.
What is the Problem With the Seatbelt?
The steel cable that anchors the seatbelt to the vehicle itself can weaken. High impact can cause the cable to tear free of its anchor to the vehicle. Over time, this cable could bend, warp, or otherwise become unsound, causing the seatbelt to tear free of its anchor. In extreme cases, the seatbelt may completely fail, resulting in serious safety concerns.
Volvo announced that they will replace and fix the faulty components at no charge to buyers. A spokesperson for Volvo said they were not aware of any injuries related to the defect. Volvo also said they will notify owners by telephone.
Defective Safety Features
Defective auto part lawsuits revolve around the question of whether or not a part or component was fit for its specific purpose. Take, for example, an airbag that fails to deploy during an accident. You, as a buyer, purchased a vehicle that you knew had an airbag because you wanted that safety feature. When the airbag fails to deploy during an accident, that breaches the implied warranty utility toward a certain purpose.
If you sustain injuries in a crash in which an airbag fails to deploy, you may argue that your injuries would not have been as severe if the safety feature was functioning properly. In that way, you can hold the manufacturer of the defective product accountable for the failure of the product to work as advertised. If you were able to prove your case at trial, the company would be required to compensate you for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages.
Defective safety feature lawsuits are among the most common auto part liability lawsuits, largely because it is easy to make a case against a defective safety feature. The safety feature exists to protect drivers. The safety feature failed. The driver was injured. Now, the driver deserves to be compensated, not only because they purchased a vehicle with a defective safety component, but they also sustained serious injuries because they made that choice.
Talk to a Florida Defective Auto Parts Attorney
If you’ve been in a car accident in which a defective auto part played a key role, call the Coral Gables tire defect attorneys at Halpern, Santos & Pinkert to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help.