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NHTSA Filed Over 650 Auto-Related Recalls in 2012

By John Page on January 22, 2013 - Comments off

Defective Car RecallsThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued over 650 recalls of motor vehicles, child safety seats, and other auto-related consumer products in 2012, affecting over 17.8 million vehicles and other products.

The NHTSA issued the year’s recalls after gathering information from a number of sources. One of the top sources of information about needed recalls, according to the agency, is consumer reports about defects or safety concerns in their vehicles.

In 2012, the NHTSA received 41,192 safety complaints related to vehicles, vehicle equipment, and child safety seats. This number is lower than the number of complaints NHTSA has received in previous years. For instance, in 2011 the agency fielded over 49,000 complaints, and in 2010 the number topped 65,000. The agency also gathers information from mechanics and dealerships, technical and trade publications, and auto-fan websites and clubs.

Even though the total number of consumer complaints dropped in 2012, the total number of vehicles and other items covered by the issued recalls increased to 17.8 million in 2012, up from 15.5 million the year before.

Auto-related injuries aren’t always caused by another driver’s negligence. Hidden defects in a vehicle or other item can also cause a crash or a serious injury. If you’ve been injured by a defective vehicle or auto product, don’t hesitate to call Attorney John Page at (314) 322-8515. Your call is free and confidential.

 

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