Approximately 20 percent of cars on the road are under recall, according to a recent study issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Officials believe that car manufacturers are recalling more vehicles than any other time in our nation’s history. Currently, it is estimated that around 46 million vehicles are under recall. Many drivers have no idea that they could be driving a recalled vehicle.
Of course, the risk is always there whenever a driver gets behind the wheel that the vehicle could have some type of mechanical or computer issue that makes the car dangerous. In fact, the NHTSA says that one in five cars on the road is under some sort of recall.
One of the most recent and widespread recalls involves replacement of defective Takata airbags , resulting in over 37 million recalls. According to the government, the defective airbags were responsible for the death of 23 individuals throughout the world and injured thousands more.
The government has mandated that all auto manufactures send out notices to vehicle owners, advising them of any and all recalls. However, the problem occurs when that information never makes it to the person who currently owns the car. The reason for this lack of knowledge can be for many reasons. Changing ownership and moving can cause this information to get lost, never making it to the driver who needs it the most.
Airbags are not the only issue in recalls. According to Consumer Reports, the following recalls were issued in the last year:
- 4.8 million vehicles were recalled due to cruise control issues;
- 1.4 million vehicles were recalled due to loose steering wheel problems;
- 350,000 cars recalled due to transmission shifter problems;
- 123,000 recalled for power steering problems
With the wealth of information available online, it helps to stay informed. JD Power offers a recall site that allows individuals to look up recall information by entering the make and model of their vehicle. Consumer Reports also offers a car recall tracker . Another site is offered through the NHTSA, which allows users to look up recalls by entering the car’s vehicle number. The website will pull up safety recalls for the past 15 calendar years and includes recall information, including motorcycle recalls.
Defective motor vehicles endanger the lives of drivers, passengers and others on the road. If you or a loved one have suffered injury or death as the result of a defective motor vehicle or manufacturing error, it is important that you contact an experienced Orlando Auto Accident Attorney immediately. Our experienced team of accident attorneys can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.