It’s a scary thought to know that there have been 390 million vehicles recalled for design defects since the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966. That’s a huge number, and from it one might certainly infer that there are millions of cars out there that are being poorly made. However, we choose to look at the glass half full, so our lawyers see this huge number as a sign that regulatory agencies and automotive companies alike are doing what is right and keeping our nation’s drivers safe. Automotive recalls have saved countless lives, and continue to be a crucial cog in the building of company-client trust. Still, in order for these recalls to save lives, people need to remain informed, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has come up with a plan to help them do just that.
SaferCar, a subsidiary of the NHTSA, recently released a new mobile application of the same name, which can expedite the notification process for drivers subject to an automotive recall, and help them make informed decisions in regard to their vehicles. The apps features include:
• 5-Star Safety Ratings-This featured rating system is complete with crash test information and comparisons to similar vehicles.
• Recalls and Complaints-This section allows users of the app to stay up to date with the latest recalls and vehicle issues. By entering the make and model year of all the cars in your household you can be notified as early as possible if your car is suspected of problems.
• Help for Child Seat Installation-For users with young children, this feature is a great way to ensure that you are installing car seats correctly, and keeping your children as safe as possible.
• Safety Headlines and Alerts-This allows users to receive breaking news from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and generally stay current with all the information you need to remain safe on the road.
The application can be downloaded by almost any type of smart phone or tablet for free, and can be used for all vehicles produced after 1999. For drivers who don’t have a smart phone or tablet, similar information can be accessed by visiting safercar.gov on the web. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
Our lawyers have helped hundreds of clients get back on their feet after automobile accidents, but by utilizing new technologies to stay informed on current safety issues, we can significantly lessen our risk of being injured in the first place.
If yourself or someone you know has been injured in an automobile accident due to the negligence of a manufacturer feel free to contact our law offices for a free consultation.