If you still drive a Hummer (although, I don't know how you afford the gas) watch out for car fires. General Motors has just announced recalls of two Hummer models, Chevrolet Spark, and Chevrolet Sonic -- nearly 500,000 cars.
Here is what you need to know:
Recall #1: Hummer Fires
In this first recall, General Motors is recalling almost 200K Hummer H3 (2006-2010) and Hummer H3T (2009-2010).
These Hummer models have a faulty connector module in the car's climate control system. The module can overheat when operated for a long time, causing nearby plastic to melt and the car to catch fire. So far, the defect has caused 42 car fires and three injuries, but no fatalities.
If your car is recalled, GM will notify you of the recall by mail. You can then bring your car to a dealership, and GM will replace the faulty module and wiring harness for free.
Recall #2: Radio Software Malfunctions
This second recall applies to about 51K Chevrolet Sparks (2014-2015) and 2015 Chevrolet Sonics.
GM reported that radio software on these cars can get stuck in the OnStar navigation mode. This will cause the radio screen to go blank and disable all audio functions and notifications. Drivers will not be able to hear any warning for keys left in the ignition or seat belts not being fastened. The malfunction can also drain the battery.
According to GM, no accidents or injuries have been caused by this malfunction.
Owners of recalled cars will be notified in the mail, and the company will reboot and update the cars' radio software to remove the glitch, free of charge.
Injured by a Defect
If you are ever injured by a defect in your car, you may have a products liability claim against the car's manufacturer and the dealer that sold you the car. You may be able to sue on the grounds of breach of warranty or negligence. If the product had an unreasonably dangerous defect that caused you injury while used in its intended purpose, you may also sue for strict liability.
To file a products liability lawsuit, consult an experienced personal injury attorney for help.
- Hurt by a product or accident? Get your claim reviewed for free. (Consumer Injury)
- GM recalls Hummers to fix fan controls that can overheat (FOX News)
- What Is Strict Liability? How Does It Affect Injury Lawsuits? (FindLaw's Injured)
- Can I Sue After a Recall? (FindLaw's Injured)