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Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia are grappling with one of the largest recalls ever involving 1.9 million vehicles sold in the United States.
In a separate recall, Japanese automaker Subaru is recalling 200,000 vehicles for brake line cracks, NBC News reports.
Vehicle recalls and defects can lead to serious accidents and injuries. Hyundai, Kia, and Subaru could potentially face legal liability for any injuries that may have resulted from the taillight, electronic control or airbag defects.
Car Defect Liability
Under the doctrine of strict liability, no matter what steps Hyundai, Kia and Subaru took in designing, assembling, or handling their cars, they could be liable to an injured driver if the following conditions are met:
Before the lawsuits start rolling in, Kia, Hyundai, and Subaru's major concern will be to notify affected owners. Manufacturers are legally obligated to give notice of the recalls to affected customers. Each notification must contain the following information:
Remedying the Defect
Once a defect determination is made, the law gives the manufacturer three options for remedying the defect: repair, replace, or refund. All three manufacturers in the recall are promptly notifying customers affected by the massive recalls and plan to repair the affected vehicles at no charge, NBC News reports.