Mazda recently announced that 1.2 million of its U.S. vehicles contain faulty ignition switches and has issued a recall. The potentially dangerous switches are on certain models from the 1990s and affects about 4.9 million vehicles. The concern is that an excessive amount of grease can accumulate in the switch and could cause a fire.
Affected Mazda Vehicles
Mazda claims that the ignition switch fires have not caused any injuries, deaths, or accidents, as the potential for fire goes away once the vehicle is running. Affected models that should receive service include the 1989–1998 MPV, 1993–1995 929, 1990–1996 Protégé, 1993–1998 626, 1993–1997 MX-6, and 1992–1993 MX-3.
Just One of Many Recalls
It seems you can’t turn on the news nowadays without hearing about a massive recall, especially on used vehicles, which are always potentially dangerous. The same week that Mazda announced its troubles, Toyota also issued a recall. The Japanese automaker is recalling 6.5 million vehicles worldwide because of malfunctioning power window switches.
Additionally, airbag maker Takata continues with its recalls, recently stating that many of the 2015 GM models contain the faulty airbags, which may cause shrapnel to spray into the car when deployed. Unlike the other safety issues, this one has actually injured motorists—so far, eight people have died and more than 100 have been hurt. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warns that this latest Takata recall isn’t the end of the company’s troubles—more recalls will likely occur.
Have You Been Injured?
We trust that the vehicles we drive are safe, and when they aren’t, they can cause catastrophic damages. If you were injured in an accident that was no fault of your own, you owe it to yourself to pursue legal help. If not, you may be held responsible for expensive medical bills related to your accident. If you don’t think that’s fair, you’re not alone—we don’t either. Contact the attorneys at Wayne Wright LLP to find out if we can get you financial compensation that can help cover medical bills, lost time away from work, and pain and suffering.