Government Recalls Help To Prevent Car Accidents Due To Safety Defects
Whether you buy a car used or new from a dealer, you likely assume it is free from manufacturing defects that could put you and your passengers at risk. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Each year, hundreds of thousands of vehicles are recalled by auto manufacturers for defects that could end up causing a car accident to occur. In many cases, these recalls are only issued once government safety agencies become involved, based on complaints regarding safety issues made by consumers.
Car Safety Recalls
In 1966, legislation was enacted that authorized the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue vehicle safety standards and to require automobile manufacturers to recall any vehicles with known safety issues. Since that time, the NHTSA has issued recalls for close to 400 million cars, trucks, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles, as well as recalls for 48 million tires, 42 million child safety seats, and more than 66 million other vehicle parts.
Recalls may be initiated by the manufacturer or as the result of a court order obtained by the NHTSA over safety defects in the vehicle or in the equipment it contains. Examples of safety defects which have been the subject of recent recalls include:
- Broken steering components, leading to loss of control of the vehicle;
- Problems with fuel systems, which can result in vehicle fires;
- Acceleration issues, which can cause the vehicle to dangerously increase speed;
- Wiring problems, which can cause the vehicle to suddenly stall;
- Issues with seat backs, seat belts, and airbags, which can injure or fail to protect drivers and passengers.
Any of the above can result in serious and potentially life threatening injuries, both for you and any passengers in your vehicle.
Compensation for Accidents Due To Safety Defects
Consumers can stay up to date on any safety defects and recalls that impact their vehicle by visiting the NHTSA website and entering their vehicle identification number (VIN). If a recall is enacted, car owners will generally be notified by the dealer or manufacturer, who will test your car and fix any defect related issues free of charge.
Esurance advises taking immediate action in the event of a recall, as once you have been notified, your insurer may not cover you in the event of an accident. This means that you could be held personally liable for your own injuries, as well as for any damages that impact other drivers. If a defect exists and the manufacturer has not taken the appropriate actions in notifying consumers or correcting the problem, they can be held responsible for any injuries that occur.
Injured Due To Safety Defects? Contact Our Florida Car Accident Attorney
If you have been involved in an accident or suffered injuries due to car safety defects, call or contact the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. online today and request a free consultation with our West Palm Beach car accident attorney. Gregg Wexler provides professional legal representation you can trust in these situations, and can advise you on the best course of action to get compensation for the damages you have suffered.