When there are defects in the manufacturing process, automobiles may be recalled. Determining the need for a recall is a lengthy process, which is why many recalls take months or even years to begin.
When motorists believe there is a safety issue with the a vehicle, they often report their concerns to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission. After a certain number of complaints have been filed, the agency may alert automakers there is a possibility a vehicle has a defect. From there, an investigation takes place to determine whether further action needs to be taken.
Many times, car manufacturers initiate a recall on their own; however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission may also force automakers to recall vehicles if they pose a serious safety risk. Consumers may also petition this agency to conduct their own investigation into defective vehicle components if they believe a manufacturer isn’t responding appropriately.
If an investigation shows that a potential problem exists, an engineering analysis is then performed to confirm this fact. During this stage of the process, a potential solution to the problem may also be sought. Once automakers are confident they understand the problem and have an appropriate remedy for it, a recall is then initiated.
Consumers can find out about recent recalls by visiting the official website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission,http://www.nhtsa.gov/. Those who have suffered an injury due to a defective vehicle may have a remedy available to them under the law and should immediately contact a lawyer.