November 5, 2014
When we first lease or buy vehicles, we want to be able to trust that all of the essential safety equipment and systems have been safety tested and that they will work as required in the event of a collision or disaster. Unfortunately, however, the reality is that defective vehicle equipment can and does make it to market, and when it does, it commonly results in car accidents, injuries and fatalities.
In this three-part blog series, we will point out some important information to know when it comes to defective vehicle equipment, car accidents and victim’s options for compensation.
If you have been hurt in any type of car accident and are ready to receive more specific info about your best options for financial recovery, don’t hesitate to contact the Littleton car accident attorneys at Bahr and Kreidle. We are here for you and are ready to fight for your rights to justice and compensation after car accidents.
Fact 1 – Defective vehicle equipment may be a bigger problem than the general public realizes.
In fact, since 1966 when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) became the governing authority regarding the safety of vehicle equipment, more than 390 million vehicles (including cars, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, RVs and buses) have been affected by NTHSA recalls due to defective vehicle equipment. Additionally, the NHTSA reports that the following types of defective vehicle equipment have been the focus of these recalls:
- About 46 million tires
- About 42 million child car safety seats
- About 66 million pieces of other defective vehicle equipment.
In 2009 alone, the NHTSA estimates that more than 30,000 lives in the U.S. were saved as a result of the recalls of defective vehicle equipment.
What may be just as (if not more) shocking the volume of recalls issued for defective vehicle equipment over the past few decades is the fact that some instances of vehicle equipment defects and failures never get reported or tracked, meaning that:
- Far more defective vehicle equipment should be recalled.
- There could very well currently be defective vehicle equipment on the roadway.
Fact 2 – Often, it takes at least a few accidents, injuries and deaths before defective vehicle equipment is pulled off of the market.
Tragically, many cases of defective vehicle equipment don’t come to regulators or the public’s attention until the equipment has already caused devastating car accidents. This can be due to the facts that automakers may be unaware of the defective vehicle equipment and that they only become aware of it through its malfunctioning in real-word situations.
However, this may also be due to the facts that some automakers do know about the defective vehicle equipment, are trying to save their own costs by hiding the information about the defective vehicle equipment and end up having to face the music when this equipment causes accidents.
We will continue to discuss some important facts to know about defective vehicle equipment and car accidents in two upcoming parts of this blog series – we encourage you to check them out!
Littleton, Colorado Car Accident Lawyers at Bahr and Kreidle
Do you believe that defective vehicle equipment may have contributed to your recent car accident? If so, the Littleton car accident attorneys at Bahr and Kreidle are ready to fight for your rights.
To get more information about your potential case and how we can help you, contact us today to set up a free, no obligations initial consultation. To set up a meeting, call us at (303) 794-7422 or email us using the form on this page.
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