After discovering that thousands of its Outlander Crossover vehicles were manufactured with three potentially hazardous issues, Mitsubishi Motor Corp is issuing a recall of 8,263 of its vehicles. Specifically of concern are the vehicle’s brake lights, fuel gauges, and shifting mechanisms, according to federal regulators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cited the 2013 Outlander Sport as having brake lamps that might function only intermittently; in some cases, it was also found that the brake lamps would remain illuminated continuously, regardless of whether or not the brake pedal was engaged.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also later identified problems with the vehicle’s shifting mechanism, of which reportedly resulted in the allowance of some drivers to accidentally shift out of park without any use of the pedal. In addition, the All-Wheel Drive models of the Outlander sport vehicle that were produced between June 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012 were cited for issues connected to the fuel gauge. According to reports, the fuel gauge was known to register an incorrect level of gasoline that remained in the fuel tank.
The Mitsubishi Motor Corp has since released statements which suggest that the company anticipates that only 14 of its vehicles will experience adversities from the defects described above; however, this is only an estimate, and it is an estimate made by a company that could be trying to save face in a time of controversial exposure. As such, anyone who purchased an Outlander Crossover between June and December of 2012 should not hesitate to contact their local dealership. Even if you haven’t experienced any problems with your vehicle, it should still be inspected for potential flaws that could arise later.
At Kuhlman & Lucas, LLC, the best auto defect attorneys in Kansas City, we’ve filed cases and litigated against many of the major motor corporations. Under the laws of product liability, any victim of a dangerous product is permitted to seek legal recourse for the injuries that were suffered. The premise behind these types of claims and lawsuits is that the product failed to meet the ordinary expectations of the consumer through an unexpected defect or danger. In the case of the Mitsubishi Outlander vehicles, consumers could claim that the vehicle’s faulty brake system, fuel gauges, and/or shifting mechanisms did not live up to the safety requirements expected of it.
Unfortunately, product defects and recalls are all too common in the United States. Nationwide, manufactured items that have been purchased by consumers are found to present hazardous defects – and these findings are found on a regular basis. As such, at Kuhlman & Lucas, LLC we have dedicated an entire portion of our practice to the specific representation of auto defects and have built a reputation as the best auto defect attorneys in Kansas City. Under the representation of a Kansas City personal injury attorney at our firm, you can seek compensation for an injury or illness that resulted from a defective product of any nature.
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