There’s not much worse than spending a ton of money on a vehicle and having it be a defective monster hell-bent on your destruction.
Unfortunately, defective vehicles are a very dangerous part of reality in the automotive industry. And they affect millions of people every time they are announced. Manufacturers fear the massive class action lawsuits that usually follow, and with good reason, they slice up their profits like a hot knife through butter.
Here are the top 10 worst car defect lawsuits:
10. In 2004, there were 3.6 million GM trucks that had tailgate cable corrosion issues. This might not seem like a big deal, but when a tailgate breaks, any loose materials that the truck bed is holding could fall out and become a major road hazard and cause a tremendous accident of horrific proportions.
9. In 1987, fuel leakage of various Ford vehicle models included F150-350 trucks and Lincoln cars. The leakage was due to a defective fuel-line that was linked to the connectors and resulted in compartment fires.
8. 1972, there were 3.7 million Volkswagen cars with useless windshield wipers, which did not work properly. Can you imagine what would happen if there was heavy rain?
7. In 1995, there were many owners of Honda and Acura vehicles that had a hard time releasing their seatbelts because the button did not function well. Drivers could be stuck in their vehicles and this could be harmful in an accident.
6. Honda cars 2008-2010 Honda Accords have “a systematic design defect that enables oil to enter into the engine’s combustion chamber.” The defect causes excessive oil consumption, premature spark plug degradation and engine malfunction.
5. An apparent radiator defect on Nissan Pathfinder vehicles is indicated in a lawsuit filed by a vehicle owner in 2010.
4. In 1972, 4.1 million Ford automobiles had issues with the seatbelt harness. The harness would loosen from the attached frame.
3. In 1982, owners of Pontiac Grand Prix, El Camino, and Monte Carlo vehicles discovered problems with their steering wheel. There was a possibility that drivers might lose control because the suspension bolt could come unfastened.
2. Due to a defective ignition, 8.6 million vehicles were recalled by Ford Motor Company in late 2000. This included vehicles such as the Lincoln Town car, Thunderbird, Bronco and F-series truck.
1. In 2010, Toyota Motor Corp disclosed that there was a defect in the accelerator pedal defects of a few million Toyota, and Lexus automobiles. 2005 to 2010 models were affected by this discovery and recall. If yours was one of them, contact a Lake Worth auto accident attorney today.