NHTSA Announces New Initiatives to Raise Recall Awareness

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Information on the new NHTSA-mandated labels for recall correspondence, as provided by Dallas car accident attorney Jeff Rasansky.

NHTSA Recall label

NHTSA Recall label

Let's hope that this new plan keeps us consumers aware of important vehicle safety recalls.

Vehicle defects account for a number of serious, and sometimes fatal accidents on American roads. Many of these accidents may have been prevented if car manufacturers acted in a timely manner in recalling defective vehicles.

New Measures Announced

Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced new measures to ensure that customers who may have bought defective vehicles see notices alerting them of recalls. This new move is aimed at getting recalled cars off the road as soon as possible by ensuring that car owners don’t ignore these important notices.

Consumer Awareness is Vital

The U.S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said that recalls only work if consumers are aware of them. In reality, most consumers disregard current recall correspondence, thinking that it’s just more spam. This new label on recall correspondence will ensure that car owners act in a timely manner to have their brakes, tires and other components fixed.

The NHTSA will work closely with state and federal authorities to ensure that this new order is reinforced, and that other marketing campaigns looking to confuse consumers do not distract them from these important notices.

Car accidents have numerous causes. However, a tiny manufacturing defect can lead to a serious auto accident. Even though car manufacturers have to follow stringent rules during assembly, a computer or human error may let a defect pass through unnoticed until a later date. These defects may cause brakes to malfunction, pedals to stick, trip computers to go haywire, and can even even make it impossible for airbags to deploy.

In addition to manufacturing defects, many automobiles have been recalled due to what are called design defects. A design defect is not a manufacturing mistake, rather, its an inherent design flaw which puts consumers at unreasonable risk.

"Kudos to the NHTSA for taking action on this important issue," said attorney Jeff Rasansky. "Let's hope that this new plan keeps us consumers aware of important vehicle safety recalls."

For more information on automobile recalls and product liability law, please visit http://www.jrlawfirm.com/.

Rasansky Law Firm. 2525 McKinnon Street #625, Dallas TX 75201. 1-877-405-4313.

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