Auto recalls are one of the only ways to remove defective cars from the roadway when there is a chance that they could cause serious accidents. For Americans of all ages, crashes are one of the biggest causes of fatalities, which is why auto recalls are especially vital to us. You may be surprised to find that, since 1966, over 299 million motor vehicles have been recalled for defects – and this number is steadily rising!
An auto recall becomes necessary when it is determined that an entire vehicle or part of a vehicle is not compliant with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard or when there is a safety-related defect. You see, the Federal Motor Safety Standards are set for a very specific reason: to make requirements for parts of a vehicle that affect its safe operation while on the roadways. With these regulations in place, you can be assured that you will be protected from death or serious injury in many cases. However, if there is a defect involved with a vehicle, it will be taken care of in many ways.
Recalling Due to Defects
The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been given the authority to issue vehicle safety standards as well as helping in the recall and defects process regarding vehicles. One of the best and most helpful services that the NHTSA offers is a VIN search on their website for when car owners are unaware of a recall action. They realize that a defect is present when such a defect poses a risk to motor vehicle safety, and exists in a group of vehicles of the same design or manufacture.
There are many common defects that vehicle owners come across in our modern times. Here are some of the most common:
- Steering components that break suddenly, resulting in loss of control
- Accelerator controls breaking or sticking
- Wheels that crack or break
- Windshield wiper assemblies failing to operate
- Seats that fail unexpectedly
- Wiring system problems that result in fires
- Car ramps that collapse
- Air bags that deploy when not in an accident
When it is determined that a vehicle has a defect, a manufacturer must take the necessary steps to reach drivers so that they can be protected. This means that they must notify all consumers by first-class mail and give an evaluation of the vehicle’s risk to motor vehicle safety. The manufacturer must be able to explain to consumers the safety hazards that are involved in these issues.
Holding a Responsible Party Liable
When you file a claim against a liable party after you have been injured by a vehicle defect, you want to make sure that you correctly identify all potential defendants. This means that you should include all participants in the chain of distribution in regards to your vehicle. This could include the manufacturer, parts manufacturer, car dealership, shipper, and more.
Were you injured due to a vehicle defect and wonder where you can turn? Fortunately, we can help you with your claim. Call us today for attorneys who have experience in vehicle defects and get started on your claim!