A recent vehicle recall reminds us that even a seemingly small defect in an automobile’s design can put drivers at greater risk of an accident. Something as simple as a flawed bit of computer programming can put your life in danger on the highway.
General Motors is recalling approximately 3,633 of its 2012 Buick Regals due to a software programming error that prevents the vehicle’s parking lights from coming on. The headlight switch’s inability to activate the Regal’s parking lights is a violation of the American safety regulations set forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it may endanger drivers by reducing the vehicle’s visibility, increasing the likelihood of an automobile accident.
The programming error responsible for the malfunctioning parking lights began appearing in Regal sedans manufactured between February of 2011 and February of 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
General Motors will begin informing consumers of the recall this week. Owners of recalled Regals should take their cars to the local Buick dealership, where a mechanic can repair the software programming error in the “body control module” at no cost to the consumer.
As a San Francisco car accident lawyer, I’m well aware of the damage that can be done by a malfunctioning automobile. If you or someone you care about is injured in an accident caused by a manufacturer’s defect, please do not hesitate to consider contacting a qualified San Francisco personal injury lawyer.