The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just issued a press release about their pilot program aimed at notifying owners of open recalls on vehicles. Initially, this program will be available to only six states. Under the FAST Act, the NHTSA is required to implement a two-year pilot grant program to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of a State process of informing consumers of open recalls on their vehicles. This notice of recall will typically occur during the time of motor vehicle registration. The NHTSA is hoping that the program will help to increase awareness and compliance regarding defective motor vehicle parts and repairs. At this time, states have up to 60 days to submit an application for a grant.
Getting Recall Information to Consumers
Not everybody gets that little post card in the mail. People move, cars change owners, and vehicle manufacturers only do the bare minimum of what’s required for consumer notification. The NHTSA has had disappointing results in the area of recall notification and compliance. Sure, they can issue a recall, but if the information isn’t reaching consumers, people are still driving cars with dangerous injury causing and potentially fatal defects. Ensuring consumers are properly notified about the recall status on their cars is absolutely essential for keeping roadways safe in California and across the nation.
Defective Car Parts on California Roadways
Over the past two years, we’ve seen record high numbers of automobile recalls, and with no apparent end in sight. Motorists in California and elsewhere in the U.S. are encouraged to check their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on a fairly regularly basis. Think of it as part of your routine maintenance plan. Get an oil change, and check your VIN. New vehicles have been added to existing recalls, so you never know if your vehicle will be added months after an initial recall.
California Car Accident Attorney
It can take months or years for recalls to get initiated, so if you think a defective auto part caused your crash, you need to report your suspicion to the NHTSA, the vehicle manufacturer and your personal injury lawyer. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego, the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.