From failed airbags to steering problems to floor mats, there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year. Branson Missouri car accident lawyers urge you to utilize vehicle resource information sites to stay on top of safety recalls for your vehicle and motor vehicle equipment. Many of these recalls can lead to serious injuries or even death from the traffic accidents that result from defective vehicles and vehicle components.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, provides recall information on all types of consumer products including motor vehicles and related equipment. On the NHTSA website, Recalls.gov, you can search for recalls for vehicles, motor vehicle equipment, tires, school buses, and child safety seats. You can also set up an e-mail notification through a subscription option. This website allows you to search recall information from 1966 to the present.
A recall is based on motor vehicle or motor vehicle products that have experienced safety related defects or that did not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards. After a safety investigation by NHTSA investigators a recall is initiated.
Since 1966 more than 390 million cars, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, and mopeds as well as 46 million tires, 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment and 432 million child safety seats have been recalled. Many manufacturers do voluntary recalls, but some require influence from NHTSA investigators or must be ordered through the court system.