About vehicle defects and recalls

At some point in time, Texas drivers may receive notice that their vehicle has been recalled. While this may feel like an inconvenience for those who believe that their vehicle is running just fine, it is extremely important that drivers bring their vehicles in to get the potential safety defect fixed.

Since 1966, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that more than 390 million vehicles, 66 million pieces of automobile equipment, 42 million child safety seats and 46 million tires have been recalled. These vehicle recalls were started after a safety-related defect was found. Safety-related defects, such as wiring system problems, wheels that are susceptible to cracking and fuel system component problems, can cause car accidents that result in injuries or even deaths. Because millions of vehicles use the same components, recalls are used to get those potentially dangerous components off the road.

There are two main types of recalls. In some cases, the manufacturer may issue a recall. The notice of the recall will be sent to registered vehicle owners and explain what the defect is, how it will be corrected and when the owner can go get the defect taken care of. Drivers can also contact the NHTSA to potentially initiate a recall if they believe that their vehicle has a dangerous safety issue.

When auto defects cause a serious car accident, those involved are at risk of suffering life-changing injuries that could include a traumatic brain injury or damage to internal organs. Even if the vehicle involved in the incident was recalled for the safety issued that caused the crash, those injured may still be able to file a lawsuit against the vehicle manufacturer. A products liability attorney may assist with filing a claim against the vehicle manufacturer for the defect component. The attorney could seek compensation for medical bills and other damages, including punitive damages.

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