Sports utility vehicles, it is fairly well known, are not necessarily the safest vehicles on the market. This was especially the case in years gone by, when numerous common problems with SUVs came to light. Nowadays various improvements have been made, to the point where SUVs boast impressive safety ratings, in some cases better than other vehicles.
Nevertheless, SUVs are not exempt from their own unique risks. Sometimes these risks aren’t even connected to driving. For instance, GM has recently had safety difficulties with a group of SUVs. In fact a group of SUVS has had to be recalled three times now in order to fix switches for power windows which can catch on fire.
GM is actually asking owners of affected vehicles to leave their SUVs outside until they are repaired in order to avoid house fires. In total, about 189,000 vehicles are affected. The problem was first recognized back in 2012 when consumer complaints began to be investigated.
Sources didn’t mention whether any consumers had been harmed as a result of the defect, though it is safe to assume that risk remains until the problem is completely addressed. Those who have been harmed in accidents involving an SUV, of course, have the right to be compensated. In some cases, responsibility for the accident lies not only with the SUV driver, but also with the manufacturer. In such cases, it is important to work with an attorney who can help sort out liability and ensure all responsible parties are held accountable for their failures and the damages those failures have caused.
Source: USA Today, “GM: Third recall on SUVs that can catch fire,” Tom Krishner, August 7, 2014.