It has been a record year for automotive recalls, both in the United States and worldwide. According to a figure released in mid-February by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 64 million vehicles were recalled in 2014 for safety problems, smashing any previous records. In fact, that number was greater than the total of the previous three years combined.
There were 803 total vehicle recalls, 123 of which resulted from investigations the NHTSA performed. All of the others were initiated by the automakers in question after they uncovered a problem and reported it, according to the current laws in place.
The most prominent issues in the past year were faulty ignition switches in General Motors vehicles and Takata airbag defects that caused them to explode shrapnel into the faces of some drivers and passengers. There has been increased scrutiny of the NHTSA because of its apparent failures to act in a timely manner on recalls. It can be expected that the federal agency will continue to crack down on manufacturers that distribute dangerous products.
Those injured due to an automotive defect may be able to file a product liability claim against the manufacturer, either because of a poor design or unsafe production processes. In some cases, these companies failed to properly test their products or they did not take into account the different ways equipment might react in a car accident.
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