Hybrids may have better fuel efficiency than regular gas-powered vehicles, but they can still have dangerous issues that could harm drivers.
Honda has recently issued a recall of more than 106,000 CR-V Hybrid SUVs due to a missing fuse. The lack of a fuse that connects with the 12-volt battery responsible for starting the car could cause the cable to overheat or short circuit in a crash, leading to fires.
In documents provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Honda said that it has received two warranty claims related to the issue. The auto manufacturer received no reports of any injuries resulting from the lack of a fuse.
The recall affects Honda CR-V Hybrid SUVs made between August 08, 2019 and June 09, 2022. The manufacturer recommended that owners take their vehicles to their local dealerships, where technicians will replace the cable for a newer version that has a fuse.
Filing a product liability lawsuit
If you’ve been injured by a fire caused by this defect or a similar issue, you may be able to hold the manufacturer responsible for your injuries.
To file a product liability lawsuit, you must be able to prove that the product in question is defective. A product can be defective either through its manufacture, construction or design.
If you’re claiming that the manufacturing of a product had a missing critical part (as in Honda’s latest recall), you need to show that when the product left the control of the manufacturer, it deviated from the design specifications, formula or performance standards of the manufacturer.
While you can use circumstantial evidence such as your experience and injuries resulting from the defect in your lawsuit, it might be helpful to work with a legal professional. An attorney can help you secure expert testimony and other elements to build a strong case.