An investigation has been launched over potentially dangerous charging hub fires in Chrysler minivans. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched an investigation into the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country after reports of fires starting in the minivans’ interiors. According to a report, NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) said in a document that three fires have started “at the charging hub mounted in the trim panel located on the driver’s side of the vehicle, between the second- and third-row seating.”
Details of the Probe
While NHTSA believes this component is the likely cause of these reported charging hub fires, the opening evaluation of the investigations aims to determine the specific area where the fires began. There is no current recall for the minivans at this time. A recall will only happen if NHTSA discovers a safety-related issue.
If the investigation unearths a defect, NHTSA may move to request that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalls the minivans. FCA may also provide its own evidence and voluntarily recall the vehicles. However, the investigation could also dive deeper depending on what engineers find in the first phase. FCA has said it is fully cooperating with NHSA’s investigation and that customers with concerns may contact their dealers. More information is expected to follow once NHTSA concludes the first phase of its investigation.
Safety Defects and Recalls
Once NHTSA determines that a safety recall is necessary, automakers have the obligation to ensure that the information gets out to consumers. In addition to specifying which vehicles and models are being recalled, automakers should also make every effort to publicize the recall. They should also have a repair available in their dealerships free of charge for consumers. This is required under the law.
Automakers have the responsibility to manufacture vehicles that are safe for consumers. When vehicles are defective, they must issue a prompt recall. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a defective auto or faulty vehicle part, you may be able to seek compensation for damages by filing a product liability lawsuit. Victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
It’s important to remember that you can sue an automaker even if your vehicle has not been recalled. You can claim compensation if you can prove that the vehicle or a vehicle part was defective. An experienced auto defect lawyer who has handled such lawsuits against large automakers can help you prove your case and secure maximum compensation for your losses.