On January 30, 2015, Grech Motors L.L.C. (Grech) announced the recall of certain model year 2014-2015 G40M2 shuttle buses built on Freightliner M2 truck chassis, manufactured from August 26, 2013, to December 10, 2014. In the affected vehicles,
- the batteries may not be installed in the correct position which could allow the positive battery terminals, and
- clamps to contact the grounded battery retention bracket.
If the positive battery terminals contact the retention bracket, an electrical short would result, increasing the risk of a fire. The estimated number of buses affected is 118.
If you or someone you know has been affected by this defect, we urge you to stop using your vehicle immediately. Grech will notify owners, and dealers will correct the battery installation, free of charge. I would urge you, however, to be proactive and contact Grech directly to find out if your vehicle is affected by this recall. The recall is expected to begin in March 2015. Owners may contact Grech customer service at 1-855-994-7324.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to www.safercar.gov. As a consumer, safety advocate, and trial lawyer, I am continually troubled by the fact that manufacturers and retailers continue to sell dangerous products. Manufacturers, in their zeal to get products on the market, often cut corners and overlook safety when designing and manufacturing products.
Manufacturers have an obligation and opportunity to thoroughly assess product safety before the launch of a product. It should not take a person to get injured for a manufacturer to make a product safe. The Quinn Law Group, LLC, is a preeminent personal injury law firm with offices conveniently located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
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