Content Summary for The Auto Parts Recall Infographic
Since NHTSA was established in 1966, the following vehicle related products have been recalled due to not
meeting federal safety standards or due to safety-related defects:
Over 390 million vehicles
46 million tires
66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment
42 million child safety seats
Most Common Defects:
Door latches - doors of vehicles can open during crash.
Sudden acceleration - possible any time after ignition is engaged.
Roof - inadequate roof pillar strength can cause roof crush.
Seat belts -
Inertial unlatching - latch becomes unlatched in collision.
Weak durability - material is not sufficient to hold wearer securely.
False latching - belt appears to be latched but pulls free with minimal pressure.
Air bags -
Random deployment in absence of an accident.
Failure to release in event of an accident.
Improper vented or filtered internal gas can cause chemical burns or inhalation injuries.
Over-aggressive combustion can cause metal objects to fly from airbags and cause serious injury or death.
Some other possible safety-related defects:
Steering column or components - can suddenly break.
Fuel system - crash damage may cause it to leak and start a fire.
Wheels - may crack and break.
Windshield wipers - inability to perform properly in bad weather.
Seats - break during normal use.
Wiring system - can break and cause a loss of lighting or a fire.
Car ramps/Jacks - can collapse during use and cause injury.
Child safety seats.
What to do when your vehicle is part of a recall:
If you are not sure of the risks involved in driving your car without having the defective part repaired or replaced, contact the manufacturer and/or dealership to learn about the risks.
● Follow the instructions for a product replacement or repair exactly as indicated on your recall notice.
● Avoid driving your vehicle if the recalled part makes your vehicle unsafe to drive.
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