Vehicle recalls are a common occurrence in the United States, and are typically advertised in the news and by direct mailings to consumers. Unfortunately, when auto recalls occur, the likelihood is that someone already has been injured or killed as a result of a defective auto part. Not only are the owners of all affected vehicles entitled to have the safety defect remedied at no cost to them, but they also may be eligible for compensation through a personal injury lawsuit if they have been injured by an accident related to or caused by the defective auto part.
This is where a vehicle recall attorney can help. At Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, we take safety very seriously, as well as the necessity of holding an auto manufacturer responsible when it fails to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. We work hard to not only to get injury victims the compensation to which they are entitled, but also to ensure that the defective auto part does not result in any further accidents.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, oversees the recall of defective vehicles that do not meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. These standards establish minimum performance requirements for various automobile parts, primarily those that affect the safe operation of a vehicle, and apply to all vehicles manufactured or imported into the United States.
When a vehicle or one of its parts, however, does not meet these standards or is otherwise defective in a way that could or does actually affect people’s safety, then a vehicle recall may be issued, either by NHTSA, or by the auto manufacturer itself. Sometimes, however, manufacturers are slow or reluctant to issue recalls due to the cost involved and the implications for their products.
All too often, a car recall comes after injuries already have occurred. An individual who has been injured in an accident caused by a defective auto part, whether a recall has occurred or not, may be entitled to compensation for injuries from various parties, depending on the circumstances. These parties may include:
If the injured individual can show that the defective part directly caused injuries, then he or she can file a personal injury claim against one or more of those parties, with the assistance of an auto recall lawyer such as you will find at Steinger, Iscoe & Greene.
The attorneys of Steinger, Iscoe & Greene have developed long-standing relationships with experts in the field of vehicle defects and recalls, and have years of experience in handling cases involving defective vehicle parts, personal injury, and motor vehicle accidents. Contact us today to set up your free, no-obligation consultation, and learn how you can be compensated.