Category – Electronic Stability Control Defect
Almost 250,000 Honda and Acura vehicles are being recalled worldwide due to a defect that causes inadvertent braking, according to an article posted on USA TODAY.com. Safety advocate Sean Kane stated that this recall points to the bigger issue of overly-complex vehicle electronics.
Honda is recalling 183,000 model year 2005 vehicles in the U.S., including 60,000 Acura MDX SUVs, 21,000 Acura RL sedans, and 101,000 Pilot SUVs. Model year 2006 Acura MDX vehicles are also included in the recall.
According to Honda, the defect involves the vehicle’s stability control system, which aids the driver in keeping control of the vehicle by selectively applying braking with its “brake assist” feature. This braking is designed to reduce stopping distances during emergency braking. A loose bolt or wiring oxidation can cause the system to suddenly apply the brakes, increasing the chances that the driver may lose control of the vehicle or be involved in an injury accident.
As experienced electronic stability control defect attorneys in New Jersey, we have the knowledge and resources to help injured victims of manufacturer negligence pursue meritorious claims. If you believe you may have a legitimate claim, call us at (973) 635-5400. We can examine the details of your potential claim and help you determine whether you may have a valid case.
Chrysler Group Recalls Dodge and Chrysler Vehicles due to Electronic Stability Control System Defect
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Chrysler Group, LLC is recalling 119,072 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger vehicles due to a defect in the brake system’s antilock control unit module, which may cause overheating in the power distribution center. This defect may cause the vehicles to lose ABS (anti-lock brake) or ESC (electronic stability control) function. This may lead to a loss of vehicle control; increasing the possibility of a car accident and injury.
The recall involves model year 2011 and 2012 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 vehicles. Chrysler will notify owners of the affected vehicles and dealers with remedy the defect at no cost. This recall should begin in May 2012. For additional information, owners may call Chrysler at (800) 853-1403 or the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.
The anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) system are important vehicle safety features. The ABS system allows the wheels to continue turning when hard braking is applied so that they still maintain active traction with the road surface and do not lock up. The ESC system detects and compensates for loss of traction in order to prevent skidding by automatically applying the brakes to aid the driver in steering the vehicle. If these systems do not function properly, the driver may be unable to avoid a crash.
If you have suffered injury in a New Jersey auto accident caused by a defective ABS or ESC system, the experienced New Jersey electronic stability control attorneys at Blume Goldfaden can help you determine whether your potential claim may have merit. To speak to one of our lawyers, call (973) 635-5400 for a no-cost consultation.