Recalls affecting pick-ups: danger could pop up

On behalf of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC posted in Product Liability on Wednesday, December 26, 2012

With the Christmas shopping season just concluded, a few of us will be looking at making year-end purchases; a time when many good deals are offered. However, no one considers a deal to be a good one if the price is low but the product is defective.

Whether you are making a big purchase or a small one, it’s good to know which products are being recalled because of safety issues. One announced recently is a recall of more than 145,000 General Motors pick-up trucks — recalled because their hoods can pop open while the vehicles are being driven.

To say that having the hood pop up and block the driver’s vision is a safety concern is obviously a gross understatement. That defect on the hood latch could well be one that could cause auto accidents that leave innocent people with injuries and worse.

The recall is of Chevrolet Colorado pick-ups and GMC Canyon midsize trucks. The recalled vehicles were built from 2010 through this year.

Not only is the hood latch defective, but the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says some of the pick-ups might not be equipped with secondary hood latches. That means if the primary latch isn’t fastened, or fails, the hood can open while the truck is moving and thereby block the driver’s vision.

GM says it has not yet received reports of any injuries or crashes caused by the latches. The carmaker has received reports of vehicles with missing secondary latches, however.

The recall is of 118,000 trucks in the U.S. and thousands more in Canada, Mexico and elsewhere. Owners will get a new, free hood if their vehicle does not have a secondary latch.

After someone has been injured by a defective product, they should contact an experienced attorney with whom they can discuss their legal options.

Source: Associated Press, “GM pickup recall: Front hood can fly open,” Dec. 21, 2012