More than 51 million vehicles were recalled in 2014 due to safety concerns, with an additional 51 million vehicles recalled in 2015. After two years of unprecedented vehicle safety recalls—which saw a more than double increase in recalls over the period from 2005 to 2013—the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched the “Safe Cars Save Lives” campaign in early 2016, encouraging consumers to check to see if their vehicles may be affected.
Historically, vehicle recalls have an average 75 percent participation rate, meaning that 25 percent of recalled vehicles are left unrepaired each year. The “Safe Cars Save Lives” campaign aims to increase participation in important safety recalls by urging consumers to check their vehicles for potential recalls at least twice a year. The campaign includes:
- Online banner ads stressing the importance of vehicle safety.
- The promotion of a free VIN look-up tool to help consumers determine if their vehicle is affected.
- A series of safety videos offering information on checking a VIN, as well as an explanation of safety investigations and recalls.
- Information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings System.
- Mobile apps for Apple and Android devices offering information on advanced safety features.
Were You Injured in an Accident?
Although regulatory agencies such as the NHTSA work diligently to alert consumers of vehicles recalled due to safety issues, many of these issues are not repaired and continue to be a hazard. Sometimes this is because a consumer may not be aware of a recall on their vehicle. Other times, the vehicle manufacturer may be slow to report a potential safety hazard, which can put lives at risk. If you were injured in a car accident caused by a faulty or unsafe vehicle component, you may be able to seek compensation for damages, such as:
- Medical bills related to the accident
- Damage to your vehicle
- Lost wages if your injuries cause you to miss work
- Physical or emotional pain and suffering
Contact the seasoned personal injury attorneys with Steinberg Injury Law today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation to determine if you can pursue a financial award. Our knowledgeable, experienced legal team can provide the skilled legal representation you need when fighting for the compensation you may deserve. Fill out our quick contact form to learn more.