08/27/2015 // 1-800 Car Wreck Fort Worth // (press release)
Reports say that there has been a marked increase in vehicle recalls in the United States in 2015. According to The Wall Street Journal, the recall surge comes amid heavier pressure by regulators on automakers to detect safety issues early on.
Source: The Wall Street Journal Report “Surge in U.S. Car Recalls Continues”
“TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.—Car companies recalled more vehicles in the U.S. through the end of July than during any other similar time frame except 2014, furthering a significant shift for manufacturers facing an unprecedented government crackdown on safety lapses.
Auto makers recalled more than 34.5 million vehicles during the first seven months of this year for problems including cybersecurity gaps vulnerable to hackers, rupture-prone air bags and possible fire hazards linked to ventilation systems, according to government data.
The report further notes that the number tallied by federal regulators through the end of July exceeds the number listed on record for any total since 1966, with the exception of 2014. Fort Worth car accident attorney Amy Witherite of the Witherite Law Group law firm says the data reflects an increase in regulatory oversight due to a number of traffic deaths and injuries being linked to vehicle safety concerns. Says the attorney “from the Takata airbag issue to the multiple complaints about the problems with Honda Accord air bags, the landscape is different in this day and age when it comes to what vehicle manufacturers are able to overlook because consumers have more easily accessible outlets for learning about potential problems and reporting their bad experiences.”
The Honda air bag issue probe is one of the most recent recall investigations involving a major vehicle manufacturer to be reported in the media. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 19 complaints have been received related to an air bag control computer defect. One of the complaints noted a driver allegedly becoming injured in a car crash after the air bags failed to inflate.
Source: AP Report “National Highway Traffic Safety Administration”
“U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating reports that air bags on some older Honda Accords may not inflate in a crash… The agency says the malfunction causes the air bag warning light to illuminate on the dashboard and disables the air bags until repairs are made. Investigators will look into how often the problem happens and decide if a recall is needed.”
What to Do If Injured in a Recalled Vehicle
Witherite says that as recalls continue to surge, it is important that those who have been involved in car crashes linked to a vehicle recall to know that in addition to making the appropriate reports to regulatory agencies, they can assess their legal options for recovering damages from those responsible.
The attorney says “motor vehicle manufacturers who fail to detect major problems that lead to injuries or fatalities must be held accountable for their oversight not only so that victims can be compensated for unwarranted damages, but also to deter them from releasing unsafe vehicles to consumers.”
A personal injury lawyer who specializes in recall crash cases can help victims in these circumstances understand what steps can be taken in their specific case for getting legal recovery.
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