If the company had already put out a recall for the return of these vehciles equipped with this allegedly defective part, you should be able to get a reasonable settlement for your loss merely by submitting your written claim to them with the supporting documentation and with no need to pursue complicated litigation in federal court or elsewhere.
But, if you somehow were to end up in court on this matter, you would likely be able to recover only the fair market value of the vehicle at the time of its destruction. (You can forget about all the special damages you've referenced; you would not get those in my opinion.)
Michael E. Hendrickson
Attorney & Counsellor at Law
211 North Union Street Suite 100
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
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