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Safety recalls issued for auto defect meant to save lives

A product defect that leads to a consumers injury or death is no laughing matter and must be addressed as quickly as possible. Safety recalls are reported quite frequently in the United States, and millions of automobiles have been recalled this year alone for a variety of issues. Vehicle owners in Texas who have been injured or lost a loved one due to a supposed auto defect have every right to question the safety of the car and the manufacturing process.

Specific safety standards are put in place by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. This same federal agency has the authority to require auto-makers to issue recalls when the safety standards set forth are not being followed. These recalls are intended to save lives by removing unsafe vehicles from American roadways.

Federal standards that set specific performance requirements are applicable to all vehicles and vehicle parts produced or imported for consumer use in the United States. A recall is issued when a car or car component is found to be unsafe or fails to comply with these vehicle safety standards. Some examples of safety-related defects include problems with:

  • Steering components
  • Accelerator controls
  • Windshield wipers
  • Air bags
  • Wheels
  • Seat belts

Texas residents who have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident where a vehicle failed to perform may wonder what legal rights they have. They would be well within their rights to report any safety concerns and file a legal complaint against the manufacturer. In taking these and other legal steps, it may be possible to receive compensation for any damages sustained if an auto defect is found to have been responsible for the crash.

Source: safercar.gov, "Motor Vehicle Defects and Safety Recalls: What Every Vehicle Owner Should Know", Oct. 26, 2014

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