Defective Vehicles, Safety Recalls, Common Cause of Injury Accidents

December 31, 1969

It almost seems like no one's testing vehicles anymore before putting them on the market. In 2012, there were about 18 million vehicles and items of vehicle equipment, like tires, brakes and child safety seats, that were recalled here in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), their officials and their recall efforts were able to hunt down about 9 million vehicles needing recalls and about 60,000 items of vehicle equipment during the same year.
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Our Los Angeles accident lawyers understand that there were close to 750 safety recalls officially filed by the NHTSA is 2012.

Unfortunately, many consumers never heard about these recalls. Auto manufactures and safety officials don't always get the job done and that's why it's important for you to do your homework! Check the list of safety recalls on Safercar.gov often! On this federal website, you can get the latest information regarding vehicle recalls and equipment recalls and you can even get recall information sent directly to your inbox by signing up for Safety Recall Alerts. Safety should be your number one priority while sitting in the driver's seat as well as before purchasing a vehicle. Sometimes, recalls are never made until long after a vehicle has been on the market.

According to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, our roadways are safe because of the dedication of the federal investigation and compliance teams with the NHTSA. Safety officials are continuously scanning sources like direct consumer complaints, bulletin boards, early-warning reporting data, independent auto websites, fan sites, trade publications and even popular magazines for important safety information. Since 2009, the NHTSA's defect and compliance investigations and compliance testing have been able to issue more than 400 recalls that involved over 20 million vehicles and vehicle products. Still, we're seeing issues revolving around lawsuits from consumers who were never warned. Like the $1 billion that was awarded through hundreds of lawsuits for their faulty brake system.

Another important way to stay in touch with consumers and their safety concerns is for officials to continuously review consumer complaints. If you want to File a Complaint, you can do by visiting Safervar.gov.

"Consumers are the lifeblood of the recall process and recalls are often the direct result of a government investigation into consumer complaints," said the Administrator of the NHTSA, David Strickland.

Consumer Complaints:

-Close to 42,000 were received in 2012.

-More than 49,400 were received in 2011.

-Close to 66,000 were received in 2010.

Since kicking off its efforts back in 1966, officials with the NHTSA have been able to issue more than 17,000 safety recalls that involved more than 500 million vehicles and close to 85 million items of equipment. Unfortunately, not all consumers were made aware of these recalls and were consequently injured by these defective products. Stay on top of your driving safety and check the safety recalls often!

If you have been injured in a car accident, contact Vincent Howard today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.

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