Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Apr 27, 2010 in Defective Products
Many people in the United States need the help of special conversion vehicles to get around. These conversion vehicles are almost always vans and usually contain lifts, ramps and other equipment designed to help passengers get into and out of a vehicle safely. The market for these types of vehicles is generally larger than most would suspect, which is why when some of these special vehicle models turn out to be defective, it can create a high degree of danger for those using them and necessitate help from an experienced defective products lawyer.
Unfortunately for many, one manufacturer of these conversion vans has recently released word of a recall of several models of its units, and the details appear below.
The Braun Corporation is one of the leading manufacturers of conversion vans, specifically the add-on equipment that's built into existing vans that allow for those with special needs to travel. The equipment they manufacture includes the ramps and lifts needed to get into and out of these vehicles, and the company recently initiated a recall of thousands of models because of a dangerous defect that's been discovered. Overall, more than 5,000 units could be defective. Specifically, the recall affects Chevrolet Uplander Vans from models dated from 2005 to 2008.
The reason for the recall is that the side trailing arm on either side of the vehicle may not have been properly welded into place. As a result of this defect, it's possible that a squeaking or clunking noise could develop. While this noise is not in itself a dangerous defect, it should serve as a warning sign that there is a more dangerous problem with the vehicle. The concern is that these noises may indicate that the trailing arm bushings may wear out prematurely. This could lead to the fracturing or even separation of the trailing arm, which could cause the rear axle of the vehicle to separate from the chassis. This is a dangerous condition that could dramatically increase the risk of a crash.
If you own one of these models and notice anything unusual, you should report to your dealer immediately for a free repair and retrofit. If you or someone you love has been harmed as a result of using a defective Braun Corporation conversion van, you need the help of an experienced defective products attorney to make sure that your rights are protected and enforced.
Contact a Phoenix, AZ injury lawyer at Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation, as the firm has a long history of holding corporations accountable for releasing dangerously defective products onto the market.
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