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Vehicle recall could affect Atlanta residents

When Georgia residents spend a lot of money on something, they expect it to work properly. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes, even a new product can fail and consumers must remain alert to recalls at all times.

General Motors has recently recalled around 194,000 of its vehicles. The recall relates to a fire danger. GM has stated that in these particular vehicles water can get into an electric module in the door. This causes the area to short circuit and possibly catch on fire. Vehicles affected include the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT, the Buick Rainier and several others. GM has pledged to contact owners of affected vehicles in order to get the problem fixed.

When a product is recalled, the manufacturer has found a dangerous issue that needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, recalls do not always help everyone. In many cases, products injure individuals before a recall is even set into motion. When an individual is hurt because of a faulty product, they may be able to bring a successful product liability lawsuit.

Product liability lawsuits are available to injured parties in order to compensate them for the injury that they have suffered. Several different parties can be held responsible for the injury, including the manufacturer, the wholesaler and the retail store.

Warranties can protect consumers if they are injured while using a product. A warranty typically conveys that a product is safe for the hands of the consumer and ready to use. When a product does not do what it is supposed to the warranty is triggered. Express and implied warranties exist to protect the consumer. Express warranties are those stated in clear terms. Implied warranties are those that are laid out in state law. Responsibility for a party's wrongdoing can be found when a breach of warranty exists.

Source: CBSAtlanta, "GM recalling 194K vehicles," June 24, 2013

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