The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is launching an investigation of about 150,000 2006 Honda CR-V models for a potential defect problem and approximately 41,000 2007 Kia Optima models for a possible shifting issue. According to The Detroit News, both of the NHTSA probes were opened after three consumer complaints for each issue. The article recognizes the recently initiated investigations as examples of how federal safety regulators seem to be opening more probes, and at greater speeds, into possible vehicle safety problems than in recent years.
For the thousands of 2006 Honda CR-V models, NHTSA will examine the potential risk of master power window switch and related electrical system wiring components melting or burning. Three consumers reportedly complained of alleged fires occurring in the driver’s door which were believed to be associated with the driver’s master power window switch.
In a separate investigation of Kia Optima models, NHTSA will evaluate the potential for automatic transmission shift cables detaching from the shifter assembly, possibly resulting in the transmission gear shifter breaking. Three consumer complaints have been filed reporting alleged automatic transmission shift cable detachment and inability to engage the gears. One complaint involved a rollaway incident after the vehicle was parked.
It can be a frustrating experience owning a vehicle with a recurring problem or defect that affects use, value, or safety. If you are wondering whether your vehicle is a “lemon” and what options may be available to you, Howard D. Silver can help. As a California consumer attorney, Mr. Silver can help you evaluate your situation to determine the best course of action. Call (855) 341-2611 today for a free consultation.