The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) establishes the regulations for any auto recalls. In 2012, there were upwards of 650 recalls for auto-related products. In total, the recalls affected 17.8 million vehicles, vehicle components and child safety seats.
NHTSA relies on its own internal investigations and consumer complaints to discover which products require a recall. The administration received 41,912 consumer complaints in 2012, according to a recently released report on recalls in 2012.
“Consumers are the lifeblood of the recall process and recalls are often the direct result of a government investigation into consumer complaints,” said NHTSA administrator David Strickland.
Toyota issued the largest volume of recalls (12 recalls affecting 5,330,646 vehicles), followed by Honda (16 recalls, 3,363,343 vehicles) and General Motors (17 recalls, 1,476,319 vehicles). The bulk of Toyota’s recalls stemmed from problems with some models’ power windows. Since grease was applied unevenly to some windows, the potential friction created a fire risk.
We applaud NHTSA and conscious consumers for holding auto manufacturers to high safety standards. A defective auto component could easily cause car accidents, as we saw with Toyota’s brake problems a few years ago.
If you know someone injured or killed by a dangerous or defective product, let us know about it. When you use a product as instructed and it still causes harm, the manufacturer could owe you damages to compensate for your injury, lost wages, medical bills, disfigurement and loss of enjoyment of life. Call (866) 377-3800 today, and during a free consultation we can help you figure out whether or not you have a product liability case.
[Tom’s Tips: There are three types of product liability: manufacturing defect, design defect and failure to warn.]
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