How Are Automakers Held Responsible for Defective Parts?

Almost two years ago, Fiat Chrysler faced a recall for its line of Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Liberty vehicles after it was discovered that the vehicles could catch on fire during a rear-end car accident. Repair rates for the defective Jeeps are below the national average after a recall is announced, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has told the automaker it expects a 100 percent completion rate.

Fiat Chrysler has repaired only 4 percent of the broken Cherokee vehicles and 27 percent of the Jeep Libertys. The national average for repairs from other automakers is 75 percent at one and a half years after a recall is issued.

If Jeep fails to comply with the order from the NHTSA, they could face fines of up to $35 million. According to the NHTSA, 75 people have died from the defective gas tanks in the vehicles and as many as 5.1 million Jeep SUVs could be affected by the recall. NHTSA regulations require companies to recall vehicles that have safety-related defects.

Can I Get Compensation For a Car Accident Caused By Defective Parts?

The defective gas tank has already led to lawsuits, one in which a family from Georgia was awarded $150 million for the loss of a son during a car accident. Manufacturers can be held liable for defective parts that injure or kill consumers.

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