Defective Vehicle Equipment: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1)

October 24, 2014

In light of the recently issued recall on the defective Takata airbags, we think it’s a good time to go over some important facts regarding defective vehicle equipment. In this three-part blog series, we will discuss some things you may not know regarding defective vehicle equipment, as well as your options if you end up being harmed by such defective equipment.

While the information provided herein is general, you can easily obtain specific info and advice regarding your situation by contacting the trusted Portland product liability attorneys at the Savage Law Firm. With more than three decades of experience representing injured people, we have the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to bring your case to a successful resolution.

Here’s What You Should Know about Defective Vehicle Equipment…

Fact 1 – Auto makers are required to test the safety of vehicle equipment before making it available to the public.

The NHTSA is responsible for overseeing recalls of defective vehicle equipment. Here are some more important facts about defective vehicle equipment.

The NHTSA is responsible for overseeing recalls of defective vehicle equipment. Here are some more important facts about defective vehicle equipment.

While this fact about defective vehicle equipment may be obvious to some, it’s still important to point out, as it underscores manufacturers’ responsibilities regarding public safety. The fact of the matter is that, prior to installing safety-related equipment in vehicles, auto makers are legally (and ethically) obligated to test the safety, durability and effectiveness of this equipment to ensure that it is not, in fact, defective.

Examples of safety-related equipment in vehicles that should undergo such testing include (but are not limited to):

  • Airbags
  • Steering components of vehicles
  • Accelerator and braking equipment
  • Wheels and tires
  • Seats, including child safety seats
  • Wiring systems
  • Fuel systems.

Fact 2 – The NHTSA is responsible for overseeing the recalls of defective vehicle equipment.

Since 1996, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been the authority for developing and enforcing vehicle safety standards. Over this nearly 20-year period, NHTSA officials have overseen the recalls of:

  • More than 390 million vehicles (including cars, motorcycles and mopeds, RVs, trucks and buses)
  • About 46 million tires
  • Approximately 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment
  • About 42 million child car seats.

When NHTSA officials receive multiple reports of the same or similar issues with vehicle equipment, regulators will typically investigate the issue to determine whether defective vehicle equipment exists and, in turn, whether a recall should be issued for this equipment. Once officials determine that a recall for defective vehicle equipment should be issued, a complex recall management process will get underway to ensure that:

  • Manufacturers respond promptly and appropriately to the recall.
  • There is minimal additional harm caused by the defective vehicle equipment.

We will continue our discussion regarding defective vehicle equipment in the second and third parts of this blog series that will be published soon – we encourage you to check them out!

The Trusted Portland Product Liability Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm

Have you been hurt by any defective vehicle equipment? If so, don’t hesitate to contact the trusted and experienced Portland product liability lawyers at the Savage Law Firm. Since 1977, our attorneys have been dedicated to providing each of our clients with the highest quality legal services so they have the best chances of obtaining the full amount of the compensation to which they may be entitled.

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