Auto Part Defects Responsible For A Number Of Injuries And Deaths

Every year in the United States, auto manufacturers recall hundreds of thousands of automobiles. Some of these recalls come after the vehicle makers discover car defects that require attention, while other recalls come after consumers in Mississippi and elsewhere suffer injuries or death while using their cars. Since Congress passed the National Highway Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act in 1966, the auto industry has recalled over 390 million automobiles due to safety concerns.

What does it take to initiate a recall? How can I file a complaint about a safety issue? What can I do if a defect is responsible for personal injuries or the death of a loved one?

Initiating a recall

A recall may come after a manufacturer notices a problem or if the manufacturer receives so many consumer complaints. If a recall is voluntary, the automaker simply has to inform the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and begin sending recall notices to affected consumers and others in the chain of supply. If the NHTSA receives enough consumer complaints, it will then open an investigation and, if necessary, request that the manufacturer issue a recall.

What are some reasons to recall a car?

There are a number of reasons to recall a car. Some include:

  • Problems with accelerator controls
  • Fuel system issues
  • Airbag defects
  • Engine cooling system failure
  • Seat belt failure
  • Sudden breakage of steering components

Really, any problem that presents a safety concern can result in an automobile safety recall.

How do I file a complaint with the NHTSA?

If you want to file a complaint with the NHTSA, there are three ways in which you can do it. These are:

  • Filling out an online form
  • Calling the vehicle safety hotline
  • Sending a report through the mail system

You simply have to pick which option works best for you.

What can I do if a defect caused me to suffer injuries or caused the death of a loved one?

It is unfortunate that this happens all too often. If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in an accident caused by an auto defect, you may seek potential compensation for your losses by taking legal action against the manufacturer and others in the chain of supply. An experienced attorney can review your case and help you pursue civil claims if appropriate.

About the Author
Jefferson D. Gilder is a Partner at Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman and was admitted to the Mississippi and Tennessee Bars in 1990. Mr. Gilder is admitted to practice in all courts in Mississippi and Tennessee including Federal Court, the Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Gilder's areas of practice include personal injury, criminal, medical malpractice, civil rights, and product liability. Mr. Gilder spent his first ten years as an attorney practicing with his father, Robert G. Gilder, at Gilder Law Firm in Southaven, Mississippi before forming Gilder, Howell & Assoc., P.A. with Jamie W. Howell, Jr. in June of 2000. This firm although as another legal entity has now combined their resources and experience with Chatham – Pittman, to form Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman. If you have any questions about this article, you can reach Jefferson through our contact page.