Content Summary for The Auto Parts Recall Infographic
Facts: 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. Sources:
https://injurylawyer.com/practice-areas/product- liability/auto-product- liability/seat-belt-injuries/
https://injurylawyer.com/blog/is-there- any-legal- liability-following- airbag-malfunctions/
http://www.nhtsa.gov/About%20NHTSA/Press%20Releases/nhtsa-2015- traffic-deaths- up-07012016