More than 6 million auto accidents occur in the United States every year, injuring some 2.8 million people. When you get behind the wheel of a new car, you want to know that your vehicle is equipped with what it needs to keep you safe.
Unfortunately, cars and the features needed to keep us safe are not always perfect. That is why since 1966 the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has required manufacturers to recall more than 500 million automobiles, tires, and motor vehicle components to correct for safety defects.
According to the Associated Press, the Japanese based auto manufacturer Honda is recalling more than 820,000 Civic compact cars and Pilot SUV’s due to failures in headlight design that could pose dangers to drivers. In addition, Honda is also recalling 570,000 Accord and Acura TL model cars due to faulty power steering.
This month’s recalls come on the heels of a separate recall of more than 550,000 other Honda vehicles announced in March. Honda says that the wires connecting vehicle switches to headlights and turn signals can overheat and melt, causing headlights to short out.
The safety of drivers and passengers on the road relies on the proper and faithful production of auto parts by manufacturers. However, it also relies on motor companies ability to expediently recognize potential design hazards, and take action in their customers best interest.
Honda’s prompt recalls, though costly, are what is necessary and scrupulous to ensure driver safety.
Even so, as hard as the NHTSA works to keep American’s safe, they can’t catch all design defects. The most recent statistics from the PARC Engineering Associates states that vehicle defects contribute to roughly 2% of all auto accidents. That may not seem like much, but when you consider the 6 million auto accidents every year, that 2% translates to 120,000 incidents a year.
Stringent liability laws apply to any accident, injury, or death that has been caused or amplified by a defective product.
At Levin & Perconti, our lawyers know the serious negative implications that a defective product or vehicle can have. We have collected millions handling cases for clients injured by the negligence of auto companies and manufacturers. For example, we reached $3 million settlement for a family after an automaker’s improper vehicle design resulted in a fire that killed their loved ones following a collision.
We have fought for our clients for years, and we will fight for you too. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of the negligence of a company or manufacturer, or if there is any way we can help you, please call us for a free consultation.