NHTSA’s Recall Improvement Workshop
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently announced their upcoming “Retooling Recalls Workshop” that will focus on ways to improve vehicle safety recall completion rates. The workshop will be held in Washington, DC on April 28, 2015. The workshop will include presentations outlining the NHTSA’s recent recall completion improvement measures and examples of steps taken by vehicle manufacturers. Although this will be a free public event, attendance will require pre-registration.
2014 A Record Year for Recalls
It’s no secret that 2014 was a record-setting year for automobile recalls. There were more recalls last year than in any year during the previous three decades. There were 803 automobile recalls involving a record-setting 63.9 million individual vehicles. Additionally, 2014 also had two of the largest automobile recalls in history.
Automobile Manufacturers and Delaying Recalls
If there is one thing that the recalls in 2014 showed us, it’s that automobile manufacturers and auto part makers can’t police themselves. If left on their own, they simply wouldn’t issue any recalls. Recalls are bad for business. The GM ignition switch nightmare was of particular significance because many employees and even GM executives knew about the deadly defect, yet they did nothing for years. The NHTSA is finally coming to its senses about taking actionable steps to enforce recall compliance regulations and improve recall completion for endangered consumers.
Improving Recall Completion Rates
The workshop will include information on how to improve public education of recalls. Additionally, they will also educate about customer and dealership outreach programs. The NHTSA is also hoping to gather input from the public during the workshop to help identify new and potentially effective practices and approaches for improving the entire recall process.
Car Accidents Due to Defective Auto Parts
Since it can take months or even years for recalls to get issued, you should contact a lawyer immediately if you suspect a faulty or defective auto part or airbag was to blame for your injury.