The auto manufacturer, Fiat Chrysler, has recalled one million trucks in the United States due to a software malfunction in the vehicles. The defect could potentially cause side air bags and seatbelts from deploying in the event of a roll-over accident. The vehicles included in the recall are: some 2013-2016 Dodge Ram 1500 and 2500 pickup trucks and 2014-2016 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup trucks. The recall also affects 216,007 vehicles in Canada, 21,668 in Mexico and 21,530 outside of the NAFTA region.
According to Fiat Chrysler, the software malfunction can happen when the truck experiences a serious underbody impact. The computer module can falsely detect that one of its sensors has failed. This will cause the computer module to temporarily disable the side air bags and seat belt pretensioner. If the vehicle is turned off and then back on the module will reset and begin working again.
At this time, the company says it is aware of one death, two injuries and two accidents that may be related to the defect.
How to know if your vehicle has been recalled
If your Dodge Ram falls between the affected model years, be on the lookout for notification of the recall. The recall is expected to begin June 23, 2017. You can also contact the automaker’s customer service at (800) 853-1403 or check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website as well.
Recovering compensation after an injury from a defective product
It is a manufacturer’s responsibility to make sure their products are safe for consumers. If someone is injured or dies due to a defective product, a product liability claim may exist. A claim may be pursued to pay for damages caused by the defective product such as medical bills, missed time from work and pain and suffering.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured by a defective product, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney to review your rights. Call 412-661-1400 to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Pittsburgh at Berger and Green today.