Auto Parts Liability Infographic

2017 Pedestrian Safety Infographic


Content Summary for The Auto Parts Recall Infographic

Facts: Since NHTSA was established in 1966, the following vehicle related products have been recalled due to not meeting federal safety standards or due to safety-related defects: Over 390 million vehicles 46 million tires 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment 42 million child safety seats Most Common Defects: Door latches – doors of vehicles can open during crash. Sudden acceleration – possible any time after ignition is engaged. Roof – inadequate roof pillar strength can cause roof crush. Seat belts –
  • Inertial unlatching – latch becomes unlatched in collision.
  • Weak durability – material is not sufficient to hold wearer securely.
  • False latching – belt appears to be latched but pulls free with minimal pressure.
Air bags –
  • Random deployment in absence of an accident.
  • Failure to release in event of an accident.
  • Improper vented or filtered internal gas can cause chemical burns or inhalation injuries.
  • Over-aggressive combustion can cause metal objects to fly from airbags and cause serious injury or death.
Some other possible safety-related defects: Steering column or components – can suddenly break. Fuel system – crash damage may cause it to leak and start a fire. Wheels – may crack and break. Windshield wipers – inability to perform properly in bad weather. Seats – break during normal use. Wiring system – can break and cause a loss of lighting or a fire. Car ramps/Jacks – can collapse during use and cause injury. Child safety seats. What to do when your vehicle is part of a recall: If you are not sure of the risks involved in driving your car without having the defective part repaired or replaced, contact the manufacturer and/or dealership to learn about the risks. ● Follow the instructions for a product replacement or repair exactly as indicated on your recall notice. ● Avoid driving your vehicle if the recalled part makes your vehicle unsafe to drive. Sources: https://www.injurylawyer.com/product-liability-lawyer/ https://www.injurylawyer.com/practice-areas/product- liability/auto-product- liability/seat-belt-injuries/ https://www.injurylawyer.com/blog/is-there- any-legal- liability-following- airbag-malfunctions/ http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/recalls/recallprocess.cfm http://www.nhtsa.gov/About%20NHTSA/Press%20Releases/nhtsa-2015- traffic-deaths- up-07012016 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160121/OEM11/160129964/u.s.-recalls-hit-another-record-in-2015-nhtsa-chief-rosekind-says http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/01/what-to-

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