To keep drivers and passengers safe, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set minimum performance requirements for car parts that affect safe operation or that protect drivers and passengers.

These include:

  • brakes
  • tires
  • lighting
  • air bags
  • safety belts
  • child restraints
  • vehicle structure, including fender, bumper, roof and door integrity
  • and more.

These standards apply to all vehicles and equipment manufactured or imported for sale in the United States and certified for use on public roads and highways.

Why Would a Vehicle be Recalled?

When Vehicle Safety Standards have not been met, a vehicle recall may be issued. Recalls may be issued for relatively minor mechanical defects, like a glitch in a door lock, all the way to very serious issues that require immediate attention, such as faulty braking systems, which can lead to life-threatening safety hazards.

How Do I Find Out if My Vehicle is Recalled?

If something about your vehicle just seems “not right,” you should immediately check to see if a recall has been issued. If you have registered your vehicle, your manufacturer should notify you if there’s a safety recall by sending you a letter in the mail. You can also visit the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) website to search for recalls using your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

Other Vehicle Defects

Unfortunately, history has shown that manufacturers often only issue recalls after dozens or sometimes more people have been seriously injured or killed.  If you suspect a vehicle defect may be responsible for you or your loved one’s injury, even if there is no associated recall, contact an attorney to assist in the investigation of the matter.  While these cases may be more difficult, investigation and evaluation can assist in determining whether an unknown and unrecalled vehicle defect is responsible for you or your loved one’s injuries.

Injured Due to a Defective or Recalled Vehicle? Contact the Lawyers of Brown & Crouppen.

If you have been injured due to a defect with your vehicle, it may be best to consult an attorney. Call Brown & Crouppen toll-free at 800-536-4357 for your free legal consultation, or tell us about your case with our Free Case Review form.  And remember, there’s no upfront cost to you — if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.

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