NHTSA Announces $20 Million Settlement with Mercedes Benz
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release bout the $20 million settlement agreement signed with Mercedes Benz USA (MBUSA) to resolve an audit query opened in 2018 regarding the investigation with MBUSA’s recall reporting and recall execution practices. According to the press release, the settlement reflects the NHTSA’s conclusions about MBUSA’s recall management and its compliance with the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, and the agency’s implementing regulations.
Issues The Mercedes Settlement Addresses
The settlement also resolves the agency’s investigation into the timeliness and adequacy of MBUSA’s compliance with notification and reporting requirements applicable to vehicle safety defects and to noncompliance with vehicle safety standards. Finally, the settlement also addresses concerns about MBUSA’s operation and functionality of their Vehicle Information Number (VIN) recall lookup tool, which is supposed to help consumers find information about recalls currently impacting their vehicles.
Moving Forward After the Settlement
Under this agreement, MBUSA has agreed to meet regularly with NHTSA officials to discuss recall execution and reporting issues as well as the performance of their VIN lookup too. At this time, MBUSA is required to make an upfront payment of $13 million with an additional $7 million deferred penalty that may become payable if specified conditions aren’t satisfied.
Vehicle Recalls and Roadway Safety
Over the past decade, we’ve seen record numbers of vehicle recalls. From exploding airbags to defective brakes, there have been a plethora of recalls on vehicles across the nation. Officials with the NHTSA are urging motor vehicle owners to use the VIN lookup tool to check if their vehicles have any recalls at least twice a year. Don’t count on a postcard coming in the mail.
Car Accidents Caused by Defective Auto Parts
If you think a defective auto part caused your injury accident, you need to file a report with the NHTSA, let the auto manufacturer known and contact a skilled Personal Injury lawyer about your case. You may be entitled to compensation to cover medical bills and other expenses associated with your injuries.
If you have been injured in a car accident involving a defective or faulty car part in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.