Every 3 or 4 months the Safety Institute publishes a report monitoring potential vehicle defects and the National Highway Safety Administration’s recall enforcement activities. On March 1, 2017, the Safety Institute released it’s most current report, a Vehicle Safety Watch List – Tracking the Top 15 potential vehicle defects you need to be aware of. As personal injury attorneys, we thought it would be a good idea to share.
It is important to note that the findings below may not necessarily display a list of vehicle defects that have been announced publicly or made official. Rather, the list display’s potential dangers that require further investigation as per reports from automakers and consumers.
Interestingly, the 2015 and 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4X4 take first and second place on the Safety Institute’s Quarterly Vehicle Safety Watch List. Both models experience power-train issues and have undergone investigations as well as recalls. The 2012 Chrysler 300 is third on the list and also experienced power train issues. The model was put under investigation and recalls were made. Next on the list, is the 2008 Buick Enclave for structural issues followed by the 2009 Chevy Cobalt, a model that also appeared twice on the list.
Ranks 6 – 15 are as follows:
6. 2009 Toyota Camry – Speed Control
7. 2007 Chevy Cobalt – Electrical
8. 2008 Chevrolet Impala – Electrical
9. 2012 GMC Acadia – Structural
10. 2012 Volvo S60 – Steering
11. 2012 Hyundai Elantra – Electronic Stability Control
12. 2006 Pontiac G6 – Steering
13. 2012 Ford Fusion – Steering
14. 2015 Mazda 6 – Structural
15. 2012 Dodge Dart – Foundation Brake
While there was not an investigation conducted, nor were there any recalls, it is quite surprising that the 2012 Volvo S60 made the list for potential steering danger. Volvo is well known, and markets their vehicles to be amongst the safest on the road. A second interesting observation is that GM made up nearly half of the vehicles on the list!
By using the education, research and evidence provided by the National Safety Institute, your Arizona Injury Attorney’s at Torgenson Law hope that the roads will be a safer place for everyone. If you suffer a personal injury and believe you have the right to compensation, call the injury attorneys at (602) 759-0012 for a free consultation.