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Defective Vehicles Put Motorists at Risk

Vehicle Recalls

Vehicle Recalls

Manufacturing defects in vehicles can lead to catastrophic accidents, often resulting in serious injury or death. Additionally, auto recalls do not account for all defective vehicles, and in many cases  these recalls are announced only after a motorist has been injured or killed.

AUTO RECALLS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH

It is an unfortunate fact that both 2014 and 2015 were record-breaking years for auto recalls, with more than 100 million vehicles being recalled in the U.S. alone. Many of these recalls were associated with two prominent defects:

  1. Faulty ignition switches equipped in General Motors vehicles
  2. Faulty airbags manufactured by Takata Corporation

These two recalls have been linked to hundreds of injuries and dozens of deaths, and both have been the subject of congressional hearings and federal investigations. Sadly, government action came too late for those adversely affected by these defective products.

COMMON VEHICLE DEFECTS

While the General Motors and Takata recalls have garnished the most attention, it is important to remember that safety defects can occur in any vehicle. Among those most commonly cited by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and automakers are:

  • Defective steering components
  • Door latch failures
  • Defective gas tanks and fuel lines
  • Seat belt failures
  • Defective child seat anchors (LATCH System anchors)
  • Defective airbags
  • Tire defects
  • Weak vehicle structure

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