According to a Consumer Reports study, there is a chance that individuals in Louisiana who use Uber or Lyft are riding in vehicles that have a current recall. The recalls range from the use of Takata airbags to engine defects that could result in a vehicle stalling. Consumer Reports acknowledges that it is unclear if anyone has been injured while in an Uber or Lyft vehicle that has a current recall.
The report analyzed 94,000 vehicles used to provide customers rides in Seattle and New York City. It found that one out of every six Uber or Lyft vehicles were under a recall. Consumer Reports says that these companies should do more to ensure that vehicles are safe to use. It also says that stronger regulations should be enacted as these companies grow and others could potentially enter the market.
If a person is injured because of a defective product, an injured victim may pursue a product liability case. The manufacturer of the product could be named as a defendant in the case as well as any party that sold or otherwise allowed a person to be exposed to danger. For example, in a car accident, the company that made a faulty vehicle and the dealership that sold it could be defendants in a lawsuit.
Legal counsel may be able to help a person file a lawsuit or engage in settlement talks with potentially liable parties. Settlements may be ideal for those who want the matter resolved quickly or quietly. Lawsuits may be ideal for those who want to put a spotlight on the parties that may have failed to protect their safety. An attorney may be able to provide insight into which method may be best in a given matter.
Source: Auto Rental News, “1 in 6 Uber, Lyft Vehicles Have Current Safety Recall, Study Finds“, May 22, 2019