A motor vehicle accident occurs about every 10 seconds on U.S. roadways, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). While a great number of these collisions are caused by driver negligence or errors, in some cases, problems with essential vehicle equipment contribute to serious collisions, accidents and injuries.
In this three-part blog series, we will take a closer look at some of the most important facts to know about vehicle safety defects. If you believe that you may have been hurt by any vehicle safety defects, don’t hesitate to contact a trusted Denver product liability lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm today. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping injured people with their financial recovery.
Vehicle Safety Defects: Important Info to Know
Fact 1 – Since 1966, the NHSTA has overseen the recalls of more than 390 million vehicles due to vehicle safety defects.
In the U.S., the NHTSA has been the authority regulating automakers and overseeing the safety of vehicle equipment since 1966. Since that time, the more than 390 million vehicles impacted by NHTSA-overseen recalls have included:
- Passenger vehicles
- Trucks and buses
- Motorcycles and mopeds
While these recalls for vehicle safety defects have reportedly involved more than 66 million pieces of vehicle equipment, they have also pertained to:
- 46 million tires
- 42 million child car safety seats.
Fact 2 – While automakers can voluntarily initiate recalls for vehicle safety defects, in some cases, the NHTSA has to push these companies to proceed with recalls.
When vehicle safety defects have been found, the first priorities will be informing the public, getting the defect equipment off of the market and preventing the defective equipment from contributing to any more injuries or fatalities. To this end, it’s ideal if the responsible automakers take the initiative to announce a recall for vehicle safety defects.
However, automakers are not always as responsible or diligent as the public may hope, and there have actually been instances in the past when these companies:
- Knew about vehicle safety defects
- Hid information regarding the risks and dangers associated with these defects
- Have had to be forced by the NHTSA to move forward with issuing recalls
- Faced the possibility of criminal action for failing to take action to protect the public from vehicle safety defects.
To check out some more important facts about vehicle safety defects, be sure to look for the second and third parts of this blog series that will be published soon!
You Can Count on a Denver Product Liability Lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of vehicle safety defects, you can count on a Denver product liability lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm to fight for your rights to compensation and justice.
For more than 35 years, our esteemed legal professionals have been successful at securing results and compensation for people who have been seriously injured as a result of the negligence or reckless behavior of others. Having handled countless cases, our attorneys have a deep understanding of the law, as well as the legal experience you need, and we can fiercely defend your rights in any legal setting.
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