As defined by the United States Code for Motor Vehicle Safety (Title 49, Chapter 301), motor vehicle safety is “the performance of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment in a way that protects the public against unreasonable risk of accidents occurring because of the design, construction, or performance of a motor vehicle, and against unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident, and includes nonoperational safety of a motor vehicle.”
Motor Vehicle Defects
A defect of a vehicle includes, “any defect in performance, constructions, a component, or material of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment.” A safety defect is a problem that exists within the vehicle or equipment. The issues it presents often include:
- A risk to safety
- Exists in a group of vehicles of the same design/manufacturer, or equipment items of the same type of manufacturer
Reporting a Motor Vehicle Problem
If you believe that your vehicle has a defect, it is wise to report it to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If the NHTSA receives multiple reports regarding the same issue or piece of equipment, it can help them define that a problem exists and begin an investigation.
To report a problem with your motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment, click here.
Defect Investigation Process
Every report that the NHTSA receives is reviewed. If the agency investigates an issue, there is no minimum amount of reports that must be received before doing so. The investigation consists of four parts:
- Screening – review of complaints and other information that is related to the problem
- Analysis – analysis of any petitions that call for an investigation or recall
- Investigation – an investigation of the alleged vehicles or equipment that is defective
- Management – investigation to see the effectiveness of a safety recall
Safety recalls can be called by the manufacturer or the NHTSA. Either way, the manufacturer files a report that describes the issue causing the recall. It provides information on how consumers can remedy the issue for the recalled vehicle or equipment.
Safety Recall Notification
When a safety recall is conducted, the manufacturer must attempt to notify consumers of the recalled product. This consists of merging records and going through the distribution chain to find those who have purchased the vehicle or equipment.
Injured By Recalled Vehicle or Equipment
If you have been injured by a recalled vehicle or piece of equipment, it is important to contact an Ohio products liability claims attorney as soon as possible. They can help you navigate through the legal process involved with recalled products. This will allow you to receive the best possible settlement for the pain and suffering the injury has caused.
To contact an Ohio products liability claims attorney that deals with recalled product lawsuits, call 800.637.8170.