Imagine driving on the busy freeway, you are using your heated windshield washers and your vehicle catches on fire. Could you be so startled as to cause an accident in which you or someone else is seriously injured or killed?
Unfortunately, this isn’t a hypothetical situation. GM recently recalled 1.5 million cars whose heated windshield washers pose such a fire hazard. The wiring of the heated washer nozzles have resulted in engine compartment fires. Not only are such fires distracting, they can also consume the vehicle and its passengers before they can stop and escape. Although fortunately no crashes have yet been reported, five fires have broken out. The affected GM models range from 2006 to 2009 and include popular brands such as Hummer, Saturn, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, Suburban and many others.
Manufacturers continue to add bells and whistles to cars for perceived competitive advantage. If you have been injured in a crash that may have resulted from defective components, please contact our product liability attorneys. We have developed the skills and knowledge necessary to face the large legal teams hired by car manufacturers. For a free consultation, call us toll-free at (949) 640-8222 or submit the contact form via our website, www.hodesmilman.com.