Safety Defects Result in Automobile Recalls
A recent automobile recall has affected millions of people, leaving car owners across the country wondering if their vehicles are safe to drive. On May 19, Japan’s Takata Corporation, which specializes in making seat belts, child safety seats, and airbags, agreed to a national recall of certain types of driver and passenger side air bag inflators. The number of vehicles affected by the recall has reached over 30 million. While the Takata recall has made headlines because of the large amount of automobiles affected, car recalls due to dangerous safety issues occur regularly. If you’ve been injured due to an automobile safety defect, there is legal recourse available. Here’s what you need to know about car recalls, and some of the devastating impacts these safety defects can cause.
Car Recalls Due to Safety Defects
Car recalls are issued when it is determined that an automobile – or even a part of the automobile – poses an unreasonable risk of danger to the general public’s health and welfare, or fails to meet certain standards of safety. Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the car manufacturers typically distribute the information regarding car recalls and performance issues.
Once a safety defect has been discovered, the manufacturer is then responsible for repairing or replacing the defective part. In some cases, it may be necessary to offer a refund, or even offer to repurchase the vehicle. The NHTSA monitors every recall to make sure car owners receive fast, free, and effective remedies from the car manufacturers.
Injuries Caused By Car Safety Defects
Getting safer cars on the road means fewer automobile accident injuries and deaths. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set minimum requirements in order for cars to operate on our country’s roadways. According to the United States Code for Motor Vehicle Safety, Title 49, Chapter 301, a car must perform in such a way as to not pose unreasonable risk of harm due to accidents resulting from defects in construction, design, or performance. Examples of safety-related defects that pose a danger of serious accident and injury to automobile drivers and passengers include:
- Problems with steering components, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle
- Problems with fuel systems that could result in risks of fire or explosion
- Issues with acceleration, causing drivers to lose control over acceleration
- Problems with wheels or tires, that could cause blow outs and loss of control of the vehicle
In addition to the above defects, issues regarding seat belts and seat backs, engine cooling systems, and wiring system defects can also pose a serious danger. Injuries caused by car safety defects may include neck, back, or spine injuries, brain injuries, burns, fractured bones and muscle sprains, lacerations and abrasions, and even death.
To find out if the car you’re driving has been recalled due to safety defects, got to SaferCar.gov. They keep a complete and updated list of all car recalls, and you can search for your vehicle by make or VIN number.
Contact Our Experienced South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a safety defect, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm today. Our experienced South Carolina personal injury attorneys will review your case, and help you get compensation for your injuries. We’ll deal with the car manufacturers and their attorney and help you recover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and even property damages due to your accident. With offices in Charleston and throughout South Carolina, don’t hesitate; call us today for a free review of your case.