Category: Unsafe Vehicles
Experts agree that a large percentage of accidents are caused by driver error, but there are a considerable number caused by mechanical defects. Safety standards have been established, but they are not infallible.
CBS Miami reported on October 12, 2017 that the NHTSA is receiving an increased number of reports about shattering sunroofs while vehicles are being driven.
When a motorist loses vehicle control as the result of mechanical failure, it can be devastating and cause injuries, even death. Mechanical failures, according to US News, are a factor in 12 to 13 percent of all auto accidents.
NBC2 News reports that 20 percent of vehicles on Florida’s roads have potentially dangerous unresolved recall issues.
34 million cars have already been recalled over the last five years. By 2020 the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) expects the total to be 42 million. There have been at least 11 deaths and 180 injured in the United States linked to defective Takata airbags.
According to the U.S. government, automakers are not moving fast enough to fix the 42 million vehicles which were recalled because of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators.
CNN Money reported on September 6, 2016 that General Motors (GM) settled two closely watched lawsuits over cars that had faulty ignition switches. The law suits revolved around the scandal in which GM was involved after admitting that the ignition switches should have been recalled in 2004, when they only recalled the ignition switches ten years later in 2014.
According to an article on CarComplaints.com, a number of individuals who own Nissan Frontiers have informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about an issue related to the vehicle’s side airbags. Specifically, the complaints note that the airbags would deploy at inappropriate times, thereby injuring those who were riding in the vehicle.
The Detroit Free Press reported in March 2016 that Ford F-150 pickup trucks, which are very popular in the U.S. and account for two/thirds of Ford’s truck sales, are being investigated by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) for brake failures following multiple complaints.
With all the talk about Takata's defective airbags and General Motors' defective ignition switches, it should not be surprising that many car owners are quite concerned about the safety of their vehicles, regardless of the automaker. The news has been filled with talk of vehicle recalls and injuries that have been caused by defective vehicles and/or parts.