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    It's Vehicle Safety Recalls Week
    March 9 2022

    March 7-13, 2022 is Vehicle Safety Recalls Week. This week is a time to learn about recalls, check for recalls, and most importantly, get any recalls fixed. Fixing a recall could save your life. Here, we will go over what you need to know for Vehicle Safety Recalls Week.

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    Recall Basics

    It’s important to have a basic understanding about recalls before we begin our discussion. A manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) can issue recalls. They issue a recall when they determine that any of the following creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards:

    • A vehicle
    • Equipment
    • Car seat
    • Tire

    When there is a recall, the manufacturer is required to fix the problem. It can fix the problem by doing any of the following:

    • Repair
    • Replace
    • Offering a refund
    • Repurchasing the vehicle (this is rare)

    Recalls by the Numbers

    The year 2021 represented the highest year for recalls. In 2021, there were 1,093 safety recalls affecting 34.3 million vehicles and other equipment in the United States. For vehicle recalls alone, NHTSA administered 987 recalls, affecting 22.8 million vehicles. This figure represents the highest number of vehicle recalls in a single year. Unfortunately, the highest number of vehicle recalls doesn’t necessarily mean that the highest number of vehicle recalls were repaired. Unrepaired recalls are a danger to everyone on the road. That’s why it is so important to regularly check for vehicle safety recalls.

    Check for Recalls During Vehicle Safety Recalls Week

    Vehicle Safety Recalls Week is the perfect time to check if your car has a recall. The NHTSA offers several tools to make it easy to check your recall status including the following:

    • Search for Safety Issues and Recalls on the NHTSA website
    • Sign pp for the NHTSA’s Recall Notification Email System
    • Get recall alerts on your phone via NHTSA’s free SaferCar app

    If you regularly read our blog then you already know how to check for recalls. Last month we wrote an extensive article on checking for recalls. For additional information see the article, Do You Know How To Find Out if Your Car Has a Recall?

    Even the most cautious driver can be injured in a car accident. If another driver injures you, contact the experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers. We will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation. Anthem Injury Lawyers work on a contingency basis, so you don’t have to worry about upfront fees. Our law office is in Henderson, Nevada, and we work with clients in Las Vegas and vicinity. Contact us today at (702) 745-8167 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    NHTSA Recall Process

    As discussed above, the NHTSA can issue a recall. However, there is a process that generally occurs prior to the NHTSA issuing a recall. You, the consumer, play a very important role in the process. The NHTSA recall process involves the following four steps.

    1. Consumer Complaint

    The first step in the process is when you, the consumer, report your problem to the NHTSA. You do this by filing a vehicle safety complaint. A complaint can be filed by doing either of the following:

    • Contacting the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Vehicle Safety Hotline
    • Going to the NHTSA vehicle safety website

    If the NHTSA receives a number of similar reports about the same product or issue, an investigation may be opened.

    2. NHTSA Investigation

    The NHTSA reviews filed complaints from vehicle owners and other information related to alleged defects to decide whether to open an investigation. If the NHTSA denies a petition calling for a defect investigation, it will publish its reasons. If the NHTSA decides to open an investigation of alleged safety defects, the investigation is only closed after the NHTSA either:

    • Notifies the manufacturer of recall recommendations
    • Fails to identify a safety-related defect

    3. Recall

    As discussed above, the NHTSA or the manufacturer issues a recall if either determines that a vehicle or equipment either:

    • Creates an unreasonable safety risk
    • Fails to meet a minimum safety standard

    4. Recall Management

    The NHTSA’s role doesn’t stop when a recall is issued. The NHTSA plays an active role throughout the recall process by doing the following:

    • Monitoring the status of the recall
    • Communicating with consumers
    • Tracking the completion rate of the recall

    Want to Learn More?

    The NHTSA website is a great resource to learn more about safety issues and recalls. It even has an interactive and searchable Recall Dashboard. You are able to search over 50 years of recall data when you access the dashboard. It offers the following filters to help with your search:

    • Manufacturer
    • Component
    • Subject
    • Report Received Date
    • NHTSA ID
    • Recall Type
    • Potentially Affected
    • Mfr Campaign Number
    • Recall Description
    • Consequences Summary
    • Corrective Action

    The recall dashboard has an impressive array of data. As of the date of this article, there were over 100 reports for just this year alone. You can also use the dashboard to find out the latest news about open recalls.

    EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS

    We hope you use Vehicle Safety Recalls Week as an opportunity to check for and repair any recalls. We also understand that no matter how safe you are, you can still be injured by another driver. If another driver injures you in a Las Vegas area accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Some people wonder why they need a personal injury lawyer to help them. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.

    Award-winning law firm Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyers. We are based in Henderson, Nevada, and serve clients throughout the Las Vegas area. When we say we offer personal injury law experience, we mean over 25 years of experience. This is the combination of knowledge and expertise you need to win significant compensation as a victim in a Las Vegas area accident. Our decades of experience, our expertise, plus our deep familiarity with all aspects of Nevada law, give you a powerful advantage. You will need that advantage to fight against those who may keep you from receiving what you deserve as a Las Vegas accident victim.

    Your choice of an accident lawyer is one of the most consequential decisions you will ever make. It’s important to select a Las Vegas attorney that can put you in the best position to win your case. That’s why you need to speak with Anthem Injury Lawyers. Get the best accident attorneys in Las Vegas fighting for you. Our experts offer you the best opportunity to win top compensation. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 745-8103 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Published by Puneet K. Garg

    Attorney Puneet K. Garg is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Law. He has vast experience serving various clients with their different needs. Puneet’s representation of clients has included serving as counsel to Fortune 500 companies, large and small healthcare providers, celebrities, large and small businesses, personal injury victims and individuals needing help with their everyday needs. He has represented clients from all over the world in both state and federal court in Nevada.

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