The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently
announced it would hold a public hearing to determine whether automaker
Fiat Chrysler has failed to remedy safety defects and issue required notices
in at least 20 recalls. The meeting will be held on July 2, 2015.
As San Diego product liability lawyers, we are extremely concerned about
the extent of the problems, which may impact more than 10 million. Defects
covered by the recall investigation include gas tanks that can catch fire
in rear-end collisions, ignition switch issues that can result in the
loss of power, and rod tie failures that can cause a loss of steering control.
According to the NHTSA, the agency has
identified problems and expressed concerns with the administration, execution,
and pace of vehicles being remedied across a number of Fiat Chrysler automobiles. In addition, the NHTSA has
received consumer complaints involving parts availability issues, lack
of notification, difficulty obtaining service appointments, and misinformation
"It is not enough to identify defects. Manufacturers have to fix them,"
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said. "Significant questions have
been raised as to whether this company is meeting its obligations to protect
the drivers from safety defects, and today we are launching a process
to ensure that those obligations are met."
During the public meeting, witnesses from NHTSA, the automaker, and the
public will be able to present evidence on Fiat Chrysler’s performance
in each recall. If the NHTSA determines that the car company has failed
its legal obligations under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the agency could
order actions designed to improve the company’s performance, including
the buy-back or replacement of affected vehicles.
We will provide updates after the scheduled meeting, so please check back
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous or
defective vehicle, don’t hesitate to
contacta San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.