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