Chrysler announced today that they will be recalling Jeep Patriot and Compass SUVs sold worldwide from 2010 to 2012 due to airbag and seat belt defects. Atlanta car accident lawyers know that this is a particularly frightening recall because both seat belts and airbags are important safety features and drivers rely on them to keep them safe in the event of an accident. The defect is apparently in the software that detects when a car has been in an accident. The defect could delay the amount of time it takes for the side airbags to deploy and the seat belts to lock. This is of course a major concern since air bags need to deploy immediately on impact in order to protect passengers.
Chrysler is not reporting any injuries due to the defect, but if drivers were not aware of the problem there is no way to tell how many people suffered needlessly when involved in an accident and their airbags did not deploy quickly enough. For a car accident lawyer, it raises particular interest. The idea that the car makers could be held responsible for the injuries suffered in a crash due to defective safety devices is always a tricky path, but this recall is further evidence that such defects do occur.
If you or a family member have been hurt in a car accident or due to a vehicle defect, call the Atlanta personal injury lawyers at The Berry Law Group. We help people all over Atlanta get compensation for their injuries. Our injury attorneys are always looking for new ways to get our clients justice. Call us today for a free consultation.