The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issues Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) that establish minimum performance requirements for motor vehicles. Airbags, brakes, safety belts, and other vehicle components must meet FMVSS in order to be used by the public. If they do not meet those requirements after the sale of the vehicle, a recall of individual parts or entire vehicles may be issued.
Recalls take place when a vehicle or component is so unsafe that it can cause danger or injuries to passengers or others on the roadways. If a recall is issued, vehicle owners should follow instructions released by the manufacturer to make their vehicles safe. Sometimes that requires a complete return of the vehicle because it is so unsafe. However, often, that only requires fixing an unsafe part.
If you were injured in a vehicle that was subject to a recall, contact the Chicago product liability attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900. We can help you through the personal injury claims process to obtain compensation for injuries sustained as a result of the unsafe vehicle.
The most common vehicle-related defects are:
When a defect within a vehicle is not yet discovered or publicly known, then the liable party is usually the company responsible for the defect, such as the vehicle or part manufacturer. However, who is responsible when a defect was made public through a recall notice and the owner of the vehicle did not make the repair? If the owner of a defective vehicle knew or should have known about the recall and had a reasonable amount of time to address the issue, then the owner may be partly liable for the consequences of an accident caused by the defect.
If you were injured due to a defective auto part, or if you were involved in a car accident that resulted from a vehicle subject to a recall, contact our Chicago personal injury lawyers today to learn more about your options. We can explain the relevant laws to you and help you determine who might be responsible for your injuries. Call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today at (312) 236-2900.