In a recent press release, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced manufacturers filed more than 650 safety recalls, affecting over 17.8 million vehicles, child seats and vehicle equipment in 2012. The NHTSA itself issued recalls for more than 9 million vehicles and 60,000 items of vehicle equipment, including tires and child safety seats.
According to the agency, many of the recalls are a result of consumer complaints. Last year the NHTSA received 41,912 complaints concerning potential safety defects, 49,417 in 2011, and 65,765 in 2010. The agency also studies early warning reporting data, technical service bulletins, auto-fan websites, trade publications and automotive magazines to identify potential defects. Since the agency was formed in 1966, it has issued 17,000 recalls involving over 500 million vehicles and more than 84 million items of equipment.
The Virginia Injury Lawyer Perspective:
The NHTSA urges consumers to utilize safecar.gov to get the latest vehicle safety information, recalls and investigation information. Consumers can also sign up for automatic notifications for any recall information that may affect their vehicle. The agency also encourages consumers to use the website to report any defects or problems they may encounter.
If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a vehicle defect, contact a Virginia personal injury attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss.
NHTSA, Washington, DC
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