22 Million Vehicles Recalled in 2013
A new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found vehicle recalls were on the rise in 2013. The report found 22 million recalls were issued by manufacturers in 2013, which was the highest number since 2004. The figure was also an increase from 2012, when the total amount of recalled vehicles reached 16.4 million. This fact may keep California automobile recall lawyers busy with drivers who suffered property damage or injuries as a result of those defects.
Manufacturers at the top of the list
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, which includes both Toyota and Lexus models, led the recall history with nearly 5.3 million vehicles recalled in 2013. Around 1.6 million of those vehicles involved two different recalls for faulty air bags that could deploy even if the vehicle was not involved in any type of crash. In one of those recalls, at least two minor injuries were reported.
Chrysler was the second company on the recall list, recalling more than 4.6 million vehicles. That figure includes around 1.6 million Jeeps due to danger of gas tank fires in rear crashes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported 51 deaths related to fires resulting from rear crashes. The Center for Auto Safety reported a higher number – 161 deaths in 115 crashes.
Other companies that made up the top five slots on the recall list were Honda with more than 2.7 million recalls, Hyundai-Kia with more than 2.2 million recalls and Ford with approximately 1.1 million recalls. The NHTSA made a point to say these numbers do not indicate NHTSA’s view of any particular manufacturer. The agency also pointed out that because of the way these figures are weighted; manufacturers that produce more vehicles are more likely to make the top of the recall list as well.
What is a vehicle safety defect?
According to the NHTSA, a defect can affect the performance, construction or material of a vehicle. A safety defect is one that exists in a group of vehicles of the same design or manufacturer that poses a risk to motor vehicle safety. Common types of defects in this category might include defective air bags, tires, seat belts or door latches. Potential problems related to defects might be rollovers, passenger ejection or fire.
Recalls of vehicles with safety defects have been mandated by the federal government since 1966. However, even the recall program in place does not successfully prevent every accident and injury caused by a vehicle defect. When someone is injured or killed by these vehicles, a California defective car lawsuit may be one way to pursue compensation for injuries, hospital bills, lost wages or wrongful death of a loved one.
California automobile recall lawyers can help
If you or a family member has been injured because of a recalled or defective vehicle, an experienced attorney can help ensure you recover damages to which you are entitled. The Ellis Injury Law firm provides experienced legal advice to those who have suffered harm in these types of accidents. Call 310-641-3335 to schedule your free consultation with a member of our legal team today.