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Average Americans are probably not aware of the vital role they play in automobile safety. While being a safe driver is of course extremely important, another factor in safety is having safe vehicles, which means a lack of product defects, such as defective brakes, tires, child seats and other automotive parts and accessories.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), consumers play the most important role of anyone in alerting NHTSA to safety defects. NHTSA Administrator David Strickland called consumers the "lifeblood of the recall process." Consumers filed 41,912 complaints with NTHSA regarding safety defects in 2012. These complaints lead to government agency investigations and recalls when warranted. In 2012, NHTSA issued more than 650 safety recalls that affected over 17.8 million vehicles, child seats and vehicle equipment.
In addition to filing consumer complaints, Americans also take responsibility for vehicle safety when they bring a lawsuit against a defective parts manufacturer. Unfortunately, in most cases, some people suffer severe injury and others die before the extent of risks are realized. Holding a manufacturer accountable in a court of law exposes the product’s danger, the story gets picked up by the media and consumers who purchased defective product brands take notice. Lawsuits act as a deterrent to manufacturers when designing or manufacturing unsafe products. Defective products fall under the legal category of products liability.
If you or a loved one suffers severe injury in an auto accident caused by sticking accelerators, roof crush roll-over, defective tires or some other flaw, find out how an experienced New York City accident lawyer can help. Sackstein, Sackstein and Lee, LLP has successfully handled numerous types of injury cases recovering millions of dollars on behalf of clients.