According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) manufacturers filed more than 650 safety recalls, affecting over 17.8 million vehicles, child seats and vehicle equipment, during calendar year 2012. This had a major impact on influencing the recall of more than 9 million vehicles and 60,000 items of vehicle equipment, including tires and child safety seats.
Many recalls begin because of consumer complaints, or reports of a product that has malfunctioned and caused physical harm. The NHTSA received more than 40,000 complaints in 2012, which was deemed the “lifeblood of the recall process” by an administrator of the NHTSA.
The NHTSA believes that recalls should be addressed immediately by proper authorities and urges consumers to continue their great impact on recalled products. Consumers can stay up to date with information at www.safercar.gov.
The Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers’ Perspective
If you or a loved one has been involved in an incident involving a recall pertaining to a vehicle, you should contact a Virginia (VA) personal injury attorney to determine what your legal rights are. Cars are a major investment, and your life can depend on having a working vehicle, such as your commute to work. Therefore it is in your best interest to make sure the car you drive is safe and in good working condition when you purchase it. Our defective product lawyers have represented victims in lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of defective or unsafe consumer products. A private consultation with a Virginia (VA) personal injury attorney may benefit you with possible monetary compensation if you have been injured by a defective product in an automobile.
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Defective and dangerous products come in all shapes and sizes, from cars to cribs. If you or a family member has been injured, sickened or killed by an unsafe product you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options by reading this free guide.
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