Car Safety Tip for California Motorists

recallHere’s a safety recommendation for you to keep your car running safely. Every year the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recalls cars for a variety of reasons. Frequently, the consumer has no way of knowing whether their car has been recalled or not. Now NHTSA has a on-line system which you can enroll in so you can be instantly notified if your vehicle is subject to a voluntary or compulsory recall.

It’s simple. You just go to the NHTSA website. Then you specify the year, make and mode of your call and give them your e-mail address. You will then receive notifications of any government recalls of your vehicle electronically.

The NHTSA website also provides other valuable information. You can file a complaint about a vehicle. You can research other consumer safety complaints about any make or model or safety recalls which have occurred. You can also obtain information about any defect investigations which are ongoing.

NHTSA also maintains a Five-Star Safety rating system for any vehicle. This includes NHTSA’s evaluation of the crash resistance of the front driver’s side, front passenger’s side, side driver’s side, and side passenger’s side, along with a rollover assessment.

As a personal injury lawyer in Alameda, a large part of my legal practice concerns automobile accidents. Therefore, vehicle safety is of the utmost importance to me. Often safety defects in vehicles can be a significant contributing cause to serious personal injury accidents. For example, in recent years, there has been a substantial amount of product liability litigation involving rollovers, especially with sport utility vehicles.

The California product liability laws hold automobile manufacturers strictly liable for manufacturing and design defects which are present in the cars and trucks that they sell. They are also responsible for any known danger inherent in their vehicles which they have failed to warn the consumer about. When a person is injured as a result of a defectively designed car or truck, that person is entitled to recover legal damages for the injuries caused by the manufacturer’s conduct.

NHTSA’s recall system has been instrumental in helping to identify defective automobiles and to get these cars fixed or off the roads. By use of the recall system, and enforcement of the California product liability laws, we can reduce the number of personal injuries caused by defective cars and trucks. Therefore, I would strongly recommend that you check out NHTSA’s website for information about the vehicles you drive or own.

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