New vehicles have problems much more frequently than many people are aware of. In fact, because there are so many problems with new cars, a record number of recalls have occurred in recent years. It can be very frustrating for owners of new cars to find that there are repeated problems with their vehicles that necessitate repairs. If you find yourself in a situation where you own a car that seems to be constantly breaking, you should contact a California car lemon law attorney for help.
Just recently, owners of Toyota and Hyundai vehicles found themselves facing a recall. According to Digital Trends, around 65,000 brand new Toyota Tundra and Toyota Sequoia vehicles had to be recalled. Hyundai also recalled an additional 43,900 Santa Fe vehicles, bringing the total number of recalled trucks up to 110,000 in the course of the week.
Toyota and Hyundai Both Recall Trucks and SUVs
There were varying reasons for the recalls that occurred with the Toyota and Hyundai vehicles. For example, 2017 Toyota Tundras had to be recalled because of problems with improperly fastened bolts. These bolts could make it more likely motorists would be injured in the event of a motor vehicle accident.
For the Toyota Sequoias and the Tundras, on the other hand, there was an issue with the diagnostic function that could result in the Vehicle Stability Control system being turned off improperly. This raises the risk of a motor vehicle collision occurring. Toyota provided details of the specific issues with in a safety notice that the car manufacturer posted on its website.
Toyota indicated that the fix to the issue would require the car manufacturer to update the software in electronic control units. Affected customers would begin receiving notices in the middle of March via first class mail and the repairs to the defective system would be free for consumers.
For Hyundai drivers, the recall relates to a problem with the steering wheel that could cause the steering wheel to break away from the steering column. Vehicle owners will receive notices of this serious issue as early as March, although car owners can also check the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to find out details about problems as well.
Consumers affected by these latest recalls join a long list of drivers whose vehicles have had to be recalled as a result of serious and potentially dangerous defects. Just recently, BMW also had to recall around 12,000 cars because the vehicles had been sold to consumers with the wrong program installed; and Volkswagen recalled more than 500,000 cars due to a risk of airbag problems or defects that could result in fires. And, all of these recalls are small compared with the 3.3 million vehicles that had to be recalled due to defective Takata airbags.
When cars have defects, it is consumers who pay the price because their safety is at risk and they have to deal with the hassle of recalls. A California car lemon law attorney can help those consumers who are experiencing problems with their vehicles and who want to understand their rights.