The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of Quadratec, Inc.’s, floor liners designed for use in Jeep Wranglers due to a possible sudden unintended acceleration issues.  According to the NHTSA, the liner’s anchor point may tear during use, especially if the liners are exposed to high temperatures.  This tearing may allow the liners to shift forward, depressing the accelerator and possibly resulting in a crash.

Quadratec Floor Liners May Be Hazardous

So far, there have been no injuries reported as a result of this issue.  The defective auto part recall is expected to affect 15,836 floor liners manufactured to fit Jeep Wrangler models between 2007 and 2003. The part numbers for the affected floor liners are as follows:

  • 14254.0301 07
  • 14254.0301 08
  • 14254.0301Q
  • 14254.0302 07
  • 14254.0302 08
  • 14254.0302Q
  • 14254.0303 07
  • 14254.0303 08
  • 14254.0303Q
  • 14254.0309 07
  • 14254.0309 08
  • 14254.0309Q

These liners were sold as aftermarket parts between May 1, 2012, and February 14, 2013.

The company plans to notify owners and exchange the liners or provide a hook guard kit that will help to secure the mat to the floor without shifting.  Concerned owners can contact the company at 1-800-463-2998 or info@quadratec.com for more information on the recall or to find out how to return the floor mats.

This recall is limited to Quadratec products and is being conducted by the company in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Jeep/Wrangler is not a part of the recall.  Those with questions may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Recalls Attempt to Mitigate Damages

Companies who find that their products may be hazardous to the public often issue recalls in order to prevent accidents and injuries.  However, this does not necessarily relieve the company of liability if an accident is caused by a defective product.

Manufacturers have a duty to provide products for the public that are safe and do not cause injury.  If a manufacturer knowingly or unknowingly releases a dangerous product on the market, that company can be held liable for damages.  This means that companies must exercise strict quality control measures to ensure that their products are safe for consumption by the public.

In recent years, car manufacturers have experienced a rash of recalls over poorly-designed or poorly-made products that pose the threat of injury to users.  Many of these manufacturers have issued multiple recalls in an attempt to fix these problems.

Sudden Unintended Acceleration or SUI has been a problems for several car manufacturers, most notably Toyota.  While Toyota attempted to blame floor mats for its problems, recent data appears to point to other factors such as computerized engine components, although the company denies this claim.  In the case of the Quadratec floor mats, however, there is no doubt that the company’s product has contributed to SUI issues in Jeep vehicles.

What Should I Do If I Am A Victim of SUI?

If you experience an accident caused by sudden unintended acceleration, it is important that you talk with a recall injury attorney immediately to protect your rights.  A personal injury lawyer may be able to help you recover damages for the injuries sustained in such an accident.