When you purchase a new vehicle, you trust that the auto manufacturer has done everything to ensure the safety of the product. Unfortunately, however, many companies wrongfully place profits above consumer safety, resulting in an alarmingly large number of defective vehicles being released for sale to consumers.
According to a recent Associated Press report, only three midsize SUVs performed adequately in front-end crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS tested seven SUVs from the 2015 model year and found that only three models passed the group’s safety criteria:
- Nissan Murano: Good
- Jeep Wrangler: Good
- Ford Flex: Acceptable
The Dodge Durango, Jeep Cherokee, and Hyundai Santa Fe received only marginal ratings, while the Dodge Journey was given a poor rating.
The IIHS tests mimic a front-end collision with another vehicle or with a utility pole and involve a 40 mile per hour car accident in which 25 percent of the vehicle’s front end makes contact. Sadly, the safety tests mandated by U.S. government regulators aren’t even as strict as the IIHS tests, meaning that plenty of street legal vehicles lack sufficient strength to protect passengers in a front-end collision.
With 15 years of experience litigating both product liability and auto accident cases in the Raleigh area, the attorneys of Wilson Law, P.A. have the background necessary to stand up for victims’ rights. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a defective vehicle, we'll fight aggressively to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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