Plenty of Palmetto citizens have gone out and purchased new vehicles over the last few years. Some individuals may have done so just to have something stylish and sporty parked in their driveways. Meanwhile, others could have been forced into new rides. For instance, their old cars might have broken down, leaving residents in need of transportation to get them to and from home, school, work, and more.

Do you fall into one of those categories or another one? If so, the question then becomes, “What type of vehicle did you buy?”. Why does it matter? It doesn’t necessarily. After all, you can spend your hard earned cash on whatever make and model you wish. However, we have recently learned about some SUVs that could put people at an increased risk of getting injured. Not to mention, they might damage property as well.

So, if you own a three-row SUV in Palmetto, pay close attention to the following section. Then, with any luck, if the vehicle in question is at your house, you’ll be able to address the issue and avoid a disaster. Those interested should feel free to stick around and read on to learn more.

An Electrical Short

There are a potential 36,417 autos with this particular problem. Hence, because there are so many, they could be all across the nation, even right here in Florida. 2020 through 2022 Kia Telluride sport utility vehicles with Genuine Kia 4-pin tow hitch harnesses installed. The manufacturer has learned that debris and moisture can accumulate on the tow hitch harness module printed circuit board or PCB.

This may not sound like a very big deal, but it can be. That’s because the accumulation can cause an electrical short, which, in turn, can create a fire. Flames can ignite while the vehicles are in motion. However, the issue can also develop when the SUVs are parked and sitting still. Those inside or around the cars when the problem arises can sustain severe burns. Then again, they could even die from smoke inhalation or other injuries.

If you believe you’re currently the owner of an affected 2020-2022 Kia Telluride, it is in your best interest to park it outside and away from structures. Once all that is complete, you’ll want to contact your local Kia dealership to find out the next steps. But what if it is too late and the damage has already been done?

Could You Be Entitled To Fair Compensation?

People can become seriously injured or killed when defective products enter the picture. If you’re hurt by such an item, you might have the grounds to sue the manufacturer for damages. Meanwhile, if a defective product causes a loved one to die, that could entitle you to compensation. 
Product liability holds manufacturers, distributors, and sellers legally responsible for defective products.

They must compensate those injured by defective products when claims meet one of three criteria. When it comes to negligence claims, the injured party must prove the seller, manufacturer, or distributor was at fault. For a person to succeed with such a lawsuit, they must show the defendant owed them a duty of care, that task was breached, and the infringement caused the injury.

Strict liability claims are next. With them, victims must also prove defendants were to blame for their injuries. When people succeed via these lawsuits, they show that products are defective and the defects led to the injuries or deaths. Finally, the last way a person may qualify for compensation via a product liability lawsuit is breach of warranty. This happens when a manufacturer, seller, or distributor breaches an express or implied warranty. The latter is an unwritten guarantee, while an express warranty is a promise made about the quality of a product.

A Few Last Words

Are you looking for a personal injury attorney to represent you in a product liability matter? If so, you’ve come to the right place because our Palmetto law firm has you covered. Contact Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh to schedule a free consultation today.