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Auto Defects in Orange County

The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act-which was enacted in 1966-gives the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the authority to issue car safety standards. Vehicles that do not meet said standards and have safety-related defects, or do not meet federal safety standards, must be recalled by manufacturers. Since 1966, more than 390 million vehicles have been recalled, while millions of car parts have been recalled to correct known defects.

Manufacturers may voluntarily recall items or the NHTSA may order the manufacturers to recall products due to an investigation or court order. If a defect is discovered by a manufacturer, they must notify the NHTSA, as well as vehicle owners, dealers, and distributers. Those who do not notify the proper parties may be held liable for an accident caused by the known auto defect. The Orange County injury attorney at our firm may be able to assist those who have been injured in an auto-defect related car accident.

Auto Defect Information

Safety-related defects are a problem that pose a risk to motor vehicle safety, and may exist in a group of vehicles from the same manufacturer or the same items of equipment. Some examples of safety-related defects are steering components that break, causing partial or complete loss of control, fuel system components, tires that break or crack, wiring systems, and air bags that unnecessarily deploy.

Recalls are necessary when a vehicle or item of a vehicle does not comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, or when there is a safety-related defect. The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards have minimum performance requirements for car parts that may affect the safety of its operation, and for parts that protect drivers and passengers from injuries and death. These standards are applicable to all vehicles and vehicle-related equipment that is made or imported for sale in the United States.

Only certain items can be considered safety-related defects. If you have been injured in an auto accident that you believe was caused by an auto defect, please contact Timothy J. Ryan & Associates.