Safety recalls for defective vehicles are made regularly in the United States. In fact, they’ve been increasing, with many safety recalls made in the year 2015 alone for a wide variety of defective auto parts and designs. And these followed a record-setting year for safety recalls in 2014.
Safety recalls for autos are issued when either the manufacturer or the NHTSA, or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, deems that the autos have safety-related defects or do not meet federal safety standards.
Such auto recalls were established with 1966’s National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. That federal law launched the NHTSA and empowered it to set and administer standards for auto safety. The NHTSA is a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
When the NHTSA calls for a recall, the manufacturer must carry it out. However, automakers also can voluntarily issue safety recalls, without an order by the NHTSA.
Following a recall, the NHTSA keeps track of the situation to ensure that manufacturers are providing owners of vehicles with free, safe and effective ways to fix the problem.
Though the federal agency has legal power to issue recalls, individual states do not have such legal authority.
When a manufacturer or the NHTSA issues an auto recall, the manufacturer must make a public report describing the defect and noting which vehicles have it, the events precipitating the recall, the means of fixing the problem and a schedule for the recall.
The automaker then must contact vehicle owners to notify them about the safety recall. Each must receive a recall notification letter outlining the defect, the danger it poses, the remedy (which must be free), when such repairs will be available and how long they will take.
For defective tires, remedies must be performed within 60 days of the owner’s notification of the recall. For all other safety recalls, owners have the life of the product to respond.
The Safety Act of 1966 doesn’t provide for financial compensation by automakers if owners are injured due to a safety defect. But owners do have a legal right to seek payments by means of an injury lawsuit, which the Willis Law Firm can provide for them.
Since the Safety Act of 1966, millions of autos have had safety recalls.
In 2014 alone, over 62 million vehicles were recalled in the U.S., reports the New York Times. That’s the largest number in a single year in history, over twice the prior record of 30 million recalls in 2004.
Among many different types of auto recalls, numerous recent recalls have involved defective Takata airbags placed in many different vehicles around the world. (Takata is a Japanese manufacturer.)
As of May, 2015, 17 million vehicles in the United States and 36 million around the globe had been recalled due to defective Takata airbags. Manufacturers issuing such airbag recalls have included Nissan, Honda and Toyota.
After much resistance, Takata belatedly deemed nearly 34 million of its airbags in U.S. vehicles defective. This could double what is evolving into the biggest auto recall in U.S. history, having added more and more vehicles since the first Takata airbag recall in 2008.
These defects concern airbag inflators in metal canisters which can explode when the airbag is activated, sending shards of plastic, metal or shrapnel hurling through a vehicle, causing injury or, in some cases, even death.
Beyond that, Honda has recalled Accord and Crosstour vehicles for side airbags which might not inflate in a crash, and Honda has recalled vehicles whose airbags might inflate with excessive pressure in a crash.
GM recalled Pontiac G8 vehicles to reprogram airbags, and Ford recalled more than one million F-150 pickups for defective airbags.
Did you know that, since 1996, U.S. automakers have issued over 1,000 seat belt recalls?
Many seatbelt recalls have been issued by GM, Honda, Ford and Toyota, among other manufacturers. These recalls often are because of errors in designing or making seatbelts, which can fail in a crash, causing injury.
Tire recalls also are common. In recent time they’ve involved tires made by such manufacturers as General, Goodyear, Cooper, Bridgestone, Firestone, Continental and Yokohama.
The Willis Law Firm and Attorney David Willis played major roles in getting millions of defective Firestone and Bridgestone tires recalled when it was found such tires on Ford Explorers could have tread separation, leading to a blowout and a rollover crash.
Just because a safety recall has been issued for a defective auto doesn’t mean victims of a crash due to this defect cannot still seek payments for damages. An injury lawsuit can be filed against the negligent manufacturer, and the Willis Law Firm can help.
Contact us today for your free case review, and let’s get started sizing up your chances for a successful auto injury lawsuit claiming payments for your medical bills, lost salary and pain and suffering due to a defective part named in a safety recall.