Car safety officials have warned us: this may be the year where more vehicle flaws are discovered as consumers continue to be diligent about noticing errors and design faults.
According to Reuters, consumer complaints regarding suspicious vehicle activity went from an average of 45,000 complaints a year to about 75,000 in 2014. In 2015, however, consumer complaints are expected to grow even more according to U.S. car safety officials, namely the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Last year was a whirlwind of high-profile vehicle recalls ranging from the Takata airbag recall to the GM-related ignition switches. The NHTSA came under fire when the agency was criticized by multiple media outlets for not having reacted fast enough to consumer concerns. With the 2015 ahead of us, many consumers are left wondering whether the NHTSA will come through with its aim to protect car drivers from preventable injury.
Leaders from the government-led agency say the must turn the organization around fast, according to Reuters, to ensure the safety of the public.
Can consumers do anything to help keep our roadways safe? The answer is yes!
As we enter the year as diligent consumers, we can help keep our roadways a safer place by reporting potential recalls as soon as possible. If you suspect your vehicle is acting up in an unusual way, or if the repairs seem suspect, please report your concern to your vehicle manufacturer. In addition, you may click here to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation (SaferCars.gov).
CAR ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY VEHICLE RECALLS
Unfortunately, we have blogged about previous car accidents caused by recalls as reported by media news outlets. Most recently, the Takata airbag recall and the GM ignition recall have taken center stage as multiple injuries and deaths have been attributed to the faulty systems.
According to reports, the Takata airbag is said to burst into multiple shards upon impact, completely eliminating all safety benefits it ordinarily would have in the event of a car accident. In a recent article at the Los Angeles Times, a woman has filed a lawsuit in connection to the Takata airbag system and a catastrophic injury that resulted in her paralysis. Many others have come forward to report injuries and wrongful deaths as a result of the Takata airbag system.
In addition to the Takata airbag recall, GM has also been in the spotlight for its ignition defect which, according to Reuters, was responsible for 42 deaths thus far. The defect is said to cause vehicles to turn off unexpectedly while engaged in driving mode, causing the airbags to deactivate in the process.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STAY SAFE
The number one thing a consumer can do to stay safe in the face of accumulating vehicle recalls is to stay-in-the-know and repair vehicles as soon as a known recall is issued. Register for updates about your vehicle at Recalls.gov to stay on top of developing news for your vehicle manufacturer. In addition, it is essential that all consumers report any suspicious vehicle activity, errors or repairs to the manufacturer as soon as possible.
To look up recalls in effect for your vehicle, search the database.
WHEN RECALL-RELATED CAR ACCIDENTS OCCUR
If you have been injured in a recall-related car accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation including the right to recover for lost wages, pain and suffering and/or medical bills. It is important to speak to a qualified San Diego car accident attorney as soon as possible to ensure all of your legal rights are preserved. Call us today, 24/7, for a FREE CONSULTATION: 1-858-551-2090.
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