Defective Suspension Leads to Accidents & Injuries
Automotive suspension failure can be caused by design defects, manufacturing defects, or poor vehicle maintenance. In recent years, a number of car manufacturers have recalled vehicles due to faulty suspension systems, which have led to serious accidents and injuries.
Many issues with auto suspension involve poor workmanship at auto plants, and others are attributed to poor design. Either way, a defective suspension component or system can lead to a failure on the roadway and increase the risk of collision and injury for drivers and passengers. Anyone injured in a road accident that resulted from a defective automotive component may be able to file claims against a manufacturer, distributor, dealership or negligent mechanic.
Following a serious car accident, victims should contact an experienced lawyer to investigate. Joe Lyon is a highly-rated and experienced product liability attorney, well-versed in the science and economic impact such an injury or death has on the victim’s life and family.
Recent Recalls Due to Defective Suspension
- In January, 2017, Land Rover and Range Rover units were recalled over a suspension issue which could lead drivers to lose control of their vehicle. The recall statement said if the vehicle is exposed to a heavy impact such as a deep pothole, the front suspension may fail. If the front suspension fails, the front wheel could separate from its lower joint and lead to a loss of vehicle control.
- In 2016, Ford Motor recalled about 81,000 sport-utility vehicles to fix a suspension defect. The defect affected 2014-15 Ford Explorer and Ford Police Interceptor SUVs, and was linked to at least one injury. The vehicles’ rear suspension toe links were reportedly poorly welded and may fracture, resulting in loss of vehicle control.
- In July, 2016, Mitsubishi recalled over 174,000 cars and SUVs over a corrosion issue. The recall included the 2002-2007 Lancer, 2004 Lancer Wagon, 2003-2006 Lancer Evolution, 2003-2006 Outlander, and 2007-2013 Outlander V-6. According to Mitsubishi, the front lower control arm might detach from other suspension components after being exposed to salt water, making road salt a danger to car owners.
- In August, 2016, Toyota Motor recalled 337,000 vehicles—Toyota RAV4 SUV from the 2006-11 model years and the 2010 Lexus HS250h. Toyota first recalled these vehicles in 2012 because of a wobbly rear suspension. The company recalled them in 2013 because the nuts used to adjust the rear wheel alignment weren’t tightened properly. In 2016, Toyota found that rust can form on the suspension arm threads if the nuts for the rear wheel alignment weren’t tightened correctly. In severe cases, the suspension arm may separate from the vehicle and cause the driver to lose control.
- In June, 2017, Mazda issued two recalls for over 100,000 units of their 2004-2008 RX-8 sports coupe. Mazda said there may be “inappropriate caulking” on the suspension’s front lower control arm’s ball joint, which may cause the socket to crack. If that occurs, and a heavy load is applied to the suspension, the ball joint may separate and make cause a loss of control. The second recall noted a problem with the fuel pump—heat from the engine and exhaust may cause the fuel pump’s pipe to deteriorate and cause a fuel leak.
- In June, 2016, Kia recalled 14,000 2012 Sedona units, noting road salt could corrode the front control arms, and ultimately lead to control arm failure. A suspension failure could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
- In June, 2016, Hyundai recalled almost 15,000 2011 Elantra and Sonata units because the front suspension coil springs may be susceptible to corrosion. The company said that over time corrosion could cause the springs to fail, potentially damaging front tires and causing rapid air loss or tire failure.
Common Injuries Resulting from Failing Car Suspension Accidents
It is estimated that thousands of road accident victims are injured in auto-defect related crashes every year. Following an accident, it is advisable to contact an experienced lawyer to investigate and provide a victim with the resources they need to prepare for potential legal action. Common defective suspension related accident injuries may include:
- Orthopedic Injuries
- Rollover Injuries
- Severe whiplash injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Internal Injuries
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a serious car accident, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.