The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) is a government agency devoted to making roadways safer. NHTSA says that a safety defects exists when motor vehicle equipment, or the motor vehicle itself, poses an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety and “may exist in a group of vehicles of the same design or manufacture, or items of equipment of the same type and manufacture.” These defects can apply to any vehicle, or any component of any vehicle. Vehicle recalls can be initiated voluntarily by the manufacturer or NHTSA itself, whose investigative process can be broken down into four parts: Screening; Petition Analysis; Investigation; and Recall Management.
According to the NHTSA, once a safety-defect is identified, manufacturers generally have three options for remedying the defect: repair, replace, or refund. Within a “reasonable time” after identification of a safety defect or noncompliance, manufacturers are obligated to notify the owners and purchasers of affected vehicles about the existence of the problem and to give an evaluations of its risk to motor vehicle safety.
If someone is injured because of a defective motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment, that person may be entitled to compensation. If you’ve recently been in an accident with a vehicle that is defective, or contains defective equipment, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering.
At William Mattar, P.C. we focus on helping people who sustain personal injuries in motor vehicle accidents. With more than 30 years of experience representing injured victims, we know car accident law. Let us help you get a maximum settlement. Contact us online today or call (844) 444-4444.