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Auto Industry Recalls Reach Highest Level In Decade

This week, General Motors added to their list of recalls another 2.4 million cars and trucks, increasing the total number of industry recalls in the United States to 22.4 million, a record setting number for automotive recalls.

Not since 2004 has the number of recalls been higher, and GM has recalled 15 million care globally this year. The company is facing multiple probes over its slow recall of 2.59 million cars linked to 13 deaths.

The latest recall from the auto giant includes 1.34 million Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook models from 2009 to 2014, along with 1.8 million Chevrolet Malibu sedans from 2004 to 2008 and Pontiac G6s from 2005 to 2008 due to shift cables wearing out.

The latest actions will add $200 million in charges this quarter.

In February, GM recalled millions of cars due to faulty ignition switches linked to fatalities.

Congress and the Justice Department are still investigating the automaker, and why it took over a decade to recall those cars.

Recalls in the U.S. last year totaled 22 million. The record set in 2004 was 30.8 million.

Tuesdays recalls also included: 1,402 2015 Cadillac Escalade and 2015 Escalade ESVs, for a faulty weld that could result in partial deployment of the front air bag, as well as 58 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups due to defective retention clips.

Injuries caused by auto defects are sometimes called the “accident within the accident.” When car safety features such as air bags and door locks fail in an accident, serious injuries and deaths can occur that otherwise wouldn’t have happened.

If you are injured in an accident because of an auto defect, you may be entitled to compensation from the auto manufacturer even if the accident itself was your fault. The Florida auto defect lawyers at Freidin Brown, P.A. help people obtain the compensation they need for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. We also represent family members of wrongful death victims.

Source: The Florida Herald, “Total of recalls highest in decade,” May 20, 2014

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