Category: Auto Defects

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Category: Auto Defects | Auto Recalls

Lawmakers Push to Punish Auto Manufacturers for Faulty Products

Can you imagine trying to sell a car without seatbelts? It wasn’t so long ago that doing so was not only possible, but quite common.
In 1966, President Johnson signed the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. This groundbreaking legislation set safety standards that has led to things like the presence of airbags, antilock brakes, and seatbelts. It also greatly reduced the amount of auto accidents and traffic-related fatalities. Estimates say that the law has saved 453,000 lives since 1975.
How did the law come about?
It was inspired partially by “Unsafe at Any Speed,” a book written by Ralph Nader (yes, that Ralph Nader). The book notoriously called out automakers for hesitating to add safety features, and the lack of regulation that allowed automobiles to be so unsafe.…

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Has Your Vehicle Been Affected in the Takata Airbag Recall?

Last month, nearly 34 million vehicles in the US were recalled by Takata, one of the world’s leading airbag suppliers. The decision affects vehicles by 10 different car manufacturers, generally made between the years 2002 to 2014. It is estimated that one in seven of the more than 250 automotive vehicles in the US will be recalled under the decision, making this the biggest automotive recall in our nation’s history.
Takata agreed to declare many of its airbags defective under pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) after six deaths and more than 100 injuries were linked to the issue. In these incidents, airbags would deploy explosively, seriously injuring or even killing passengers and drivers.…

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