Safety Defects Prompt Surge in Automobile Recalls
Car accidents cause serious injuries. For many of us, every time we get behind the wheel we practice a number of safe driving and defensive driving techniques to ensure our own and our loved ones’ safety. In the event an accident happens, we trust that seat belts and airbags will help to avoid or decrease the chances we’ll be seriously injured. Starting in early spring, news reports began warning of dangerous automobile defects, resulting in massive numbers of recalls. As the number of vehicles affected has increased, so have the number of reports of car safety defects resulting in injuries. While many people have received notices regarding their own vehicle, others have been left to wonder if their car is on the recall list. Here’s what you need to know about automobile safety defects and recalls, as well as how to tell if your particular year and make of vehicle is affected.
Automobile Recalls Affect Millions of Consumers
According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, automobile makers recalled 34 million vehicles during the first half of 2015, and recalled over 49 million vehicles in 2014. These numbers are the highest reported in over 5 decades, prompting pressure on lawmakers to increase safety regulations. Automobile defects that endanger drivers and have resulted in recalls recently include the following:
- Ignition switch defects that disable important safety features on the vehicle;
- Faulty ventilation systems that can result in fires and inhalation of fumes;
- Issues with sudden acceleration that result in loss of control over the vehicle;
- Placement of gas tanks in the rear of the vehicle, resulting in increase of fire; and
- Cybersecurity flaws that allow hackers to gain control of the vehicle.
In addition to the above, problems with rupture-prone airbags have made headlines throughout the summer, resulting in driver injuries and millions of automobile recalls that continue to affect consumers.
Finding Cars Included in Safety Recalls
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) works to decrease automobile injuries and fatalities by increasing both driver and automobile safety. The NHTSA holds car manufacturers accountable and aids consumers by publishing a comprehensive list of automobile safety defects and recalls that is updated daily. They not only handle and report safety-related defects for cars, motorcycles, bike, boats, and recreational vehicles, but also for automotive parts, tires, and child safety seats as well. The NHTSA enables consumers to search for car recalls by vehicle identification number (VIN) to see if their particular vehicle is impacted.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that you suspect is the result of a safety defect, contact an experienced Florida car accident lawyer today. At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, we’ll review your case, and help you to determine if the automobile manufacturer is to blame for your accident. Serving all of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Vero Beach, Saint Lucie, and Indian River Counties, our lawyers and staff understand the serious and often ongoing nature of injuries related to car accidents. We’ll help you to get the compensation you deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Don’t delay; call us at (772) 595-6654 for a free consultation.