Which cars have caused the most personal injury? There are many flashy sales pitches that hype everything from comfortable amenities to safety features. These promotional pitches give drivers a false sense of security behind the wheel. When the rubber meets the road is when the true safety performance of a vehicle comes to light. These safety failures put drivers at risk of personal injury or wrongful death.
The Pontiac Fiero was a popular car that was marketed as a sports car for the ordinary man. From 1983 to 1988, the vehicle suffered numerous engine fires and other safety failures which caused nearly 244,000 vehicles to be recalled. It was one of the most well-known recalls of the 1980s.
The Chevy Colorado is another vehicle that was marketed as a light pickup for city streets and was also capable of traversing off-road trails. From 2005 to 2008, the vehicle was responsible for 93 deaths per 1 million registered vehicles. These deaths were the result of inadequate protection of the passenger cabin and poor braking systems.
In 2011, the Nissan 350Z sports car was named the deadliest on the road. Data from the IIHS showed the vehicle was responsible for 143 fatalities per 1 million registered vehicles. These fatalities were largely due to lack of stability and poor maneuvering controls in turns.
From 2005 to 2008 the Hyundai Tiberon caused 96 fatalities and untold personal injuries per 1 million registered vehicles. The 2003 and 2004 models were the years most prone to problems with clutch problems being one of the most common causes of accidents.
The Chevrolet Aveo was a small, 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback manufactured from 2002 to 2011 that had very little side or rear-impact crash protection. IIHS data shows that per 1 million registered vehicles, the 4-door sedan was responsible for 99 deaths and the 5-door hatchback was responsible for 58 deaths.
The KIA Rio is a popular 4-door sedan. However, from 2009 to 2012 data collected by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that limited frontal and side protection contributed to causing 149 deaths per 1 million registered vehicles.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigates vehicle design defects that affect vehicle safety. While manufacturers can voluntarily issue a recall of defective vehicles with known faults, following investigation of complaints and reported failures, the NHTSA has the authority to compel manufacturer recalls. For example, the NHTSA can compel a recall over single components such as truck tires when the defect is known to present safety problems which can lead to accidents, personal injury, and wrongful deaths.
Brad Pistotnik represents clients in Topeka, Dodge City, Wichita, Overland, Topeka, and cities throughout Kansas, Illinois, and Nebraska that have suffered personal injuries when design defects and faulty safety features fail to prevent injuries or wrongful deaths. Individuals who have suffered a personal injury in an automobile accident can pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and loss of quality of life. Because each state has varying statutes of limitations on personal injury lawsuits, it is important not to delay pursuit of these claims.
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