Volkswagen has issued a recall for more than 280,000 vehicles after discovering
a dangerous fuel pump defect. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) documents show that the computers powering the fuel pumps can
fail without warning. As a result, the engines in these vehicles can stall
while people are driving. The following vehicles are included in the Volkswagen recall:
- 2009 through 2016 Volkswagen CC sedans
- 2006 through 2010 Volkswagen Passat sedans
Automakers are required by federal law to inform you of a vehicle recall.
However, Volkswagen will not send out notices to consumers in the US until
mid-October. You may discover if this recall affects your vehicle by contacting
a Volkswagen dealership. If you own one of the 280,000 affected by the
recall, then you can receive free repairs once the parts become available.
Can I File a Defective Motor Vehicle Lawsuit?
In some cases, auto manufacturers conceal defects from the public for years
before initiating a recall (GM’s ignition switch is an example).
Victims of these defects or their family members may have grounds to file
However, it may still be possible to hold an auto manufacturer accountable
for injuries or deaths even if they initiate a recall. In such cases,
it would still be wise to contact an attorney to discuss potential legal
options. Vehicle defects ruin and end lives. Lawsuits not only help victims
receive damages, they can also hold manufacturers accountable for designing
and releasing unsafe products.
Washington DC product liability attorneys at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC have an
extensive history of helping people harmed by dangerous consumer products.