According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, manufacturers filed for more than 650 safety recalls in 2012 affecting more than 17.8 million vehicles, child seats and vehicle equipment. Additionally, the NHTSA prompted the recall of more than 9 million vehicles and 60,000 items of vehicle equipment, such as child safety restraints and tires.
Nearly 42,000 complaints from consumers addressing possible safety defects influenced the NHTSA to check out these potential issues for consumers.
Over the past three years NHTSA’s investigations and testing have resulted in more than 430 recalls, including 22 million vehicles and products. Since 1966, the NHTSA’s work has directly resulted in 17,000 recalls of more than 500 million vehicles and another 84 million equipment products.
Certain types of vehicle defects can lead to tragic car accidents that often involve not only the occupants of the affected car, but other drivers, passengers and even pedestrians. Auto defects can include tire defects, engine failure, structural problems, roof crush and many more. Multiple parties can be held liable when catastrophic collisions occur, including a negligent driver, the auto manufacturer or the maker of a defective auto part. While it is very important for a vehicle to do its job and protect occupants in the event of a crash, it is equally important for safety restraint systems to be fully functioning. This is also true for car seats, as they are supposed to minimize the risk of serious injuries to babies and toddlers should an unfortunate wreck occur.
If you or a family member has suffered an injury due to a defective product or vehicle, a Florida Personal Injury Attorney at Whittel & Melton can discuss your situation with you and determine if you have a valid claim. We represent victims and their families throughout the state of Florida that have suffered injuries or wrongful death due to product failures and vehicle-related safety problems. We urge you to contact us right away to request a free consultation. Visit us online or call us statewide and toll-free today at 866-608-5529.