When most people think of car accidents, they think of events caused by some sort of human error, negligence, or just plain recklessness. While it’s true that these factors often play a role in crashes, many of us fail to recognize that motor vehicle design defects and faulty products are also frequently to blame for wrongful deaths and personal injuries. In the United States, we are fortunate enough to be protected by federal regulatory agencies like the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This means that when we buy a vehicle at our local dealership, we can be pretty sure that it will work properly and in a way that doesn’t compromise our safety.
The NHTSA maintains this level of consumer confidence by carefully monitoring the automotive industry for potentially dangerous design defects and products. When an automobile or component is found to have a serious safety defect, recalls are promptly conducted to correct the problem before it has the chance to injure the general public. Since the passage of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act in 1966, approximately 390 million cars, trucks buses, motorcycles, motor scooters, and other recreational vehicles have been recalled, and an additional 127 million tires and pieces of auto equipment have also been recovered in order to correct safety issues. Below are some of the most important areas of concern for product liability and recalls: (Lawyers and Settlements)
Defective Tires-About 46 million tires have been recalled to correct safety issues since 1966. Faulty tires can be deadly on any road, as they can cause serious blowouts, loss of control, and other a host of other extremely dangerous problems.
Power Steering Failure-Without power steering, your car transforms from a mode of transportation to a roving steel box. Perhaps the worst part about these accidents is that drivers are helpless to take corrective action that might otherwise lessen the force of a collision, and this often equates to life altering injuries.
Infant and Small Child Safety (Car and Booster Seats)-Obviously, protecting one’s child is a top priority for any parent. The developing bodies of infants and young children are extremely susceptible to injury, so child safety seats need to work properly every time; more than 40 million car seats and booster seats have been recalled since 1966 to ensure children are afforded the best protection possible. (HG; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
When auto companies are accountable, lives are saved. However, when manufacturers and distributors are negligent and fail to report design defects and other safety concerns in a timely manner, it risks the lives of thousands of people. If you have been injured because of a defective product, or if you are the survivor of a loved one who lost their life because of another party’s carelessness, call our lawyers now for a free consultation. We will help you explore your legal options, and help you secure compensation for your hardship.