In some ways, motor vehicles are inherently dangerous. They are large, heavy, and can do extensive damage if drivers behave irresponsibly. However, most Nashville residents likely believe that vehicles are quite safe if operated properly and drivers adhere to all applicable laws. This is why product recalls and consumer education regarding any auto defect are so important; they allow responsible citizens to continue to use their vehicles confidently, secure in the knowledge that they are safe modes of transportation as long as drivers conduct themselves responsibly.
ElDorado National, a Kansas company that performed wheelchair accessibility modifications for vans that made their way across the United States, recently settled with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. Nearly 90 vehicles were recalled because these alterations caused vehicles' fuel filter necks to become worn down. While no related injuries have been reported, continued damage to these filter necks could have resulted in fires or explosions.
The settlement included free corrections for the defects, the provision of modified vehicles' weight limits, and a $10,000 reimbursement to the state of New Jersey for the expenses of the investigation.
As a result of this investigation and settlement, ElDorado has changed its methods of performing modifications. A New Jersey public official commended the company for its willingness to work with state investigators to identify and correct their products' defects.
Auto defects can be exceptionally hazardous, and may lead to severe consequences. People who have suffered a serious injury as a result of a car defect may wish to speak with a lawyer to discuss their legal options.
Source: Philly.com, "Disabled N.J. woman inspires nationwide auto safety fix," Edward Colimore, Jan. 29, 2014