[vc_row triangle_shape=”no”][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Many a Florida car accident lawyer is keeping an eye on the Takata airbag recall, which is more than what regulators are doing. That’s according to Florida Senator Bill Nelson, who has been pushing for more effective government action.
Nelson cited a newly released government audit of the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA). A report by the Office of Inspector General for the U.S Department of Transportation says “NHTSA’s lack of internal accountability and risk-based oversight inhibits the agency’s ability to meet its safety mission.” In other words, regulators are not doing enough to get unsafe cars off the road.
The Department of Transportation’s own investigation found that U.S. auto safety regulators aren’t doing enough to protect the public. That’s unacceptable – ensuring the safety of the traveling public should be their top priority. https://t.co/hAhrhlATRH
— Senator Nelson (@SenBillNelson) July 18, 2018[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row triangle_shape=”no”][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Why You Might Need a Florida Car Accident Lawyer
To date, defective airbags have killed at least 15 people and injured hundreds more. Nearly 47 million cars and light trucks have been recalled since 2012 for various manufacturer defects. To deal with all of this, the NHTSA has a an eight-person recall staff.
A story in Consumer Reports quoted the executive director for the Center for Auto Safety, Jason Levine. “NHTSA’s inability, either due to funding shortfalls or unwillingness because of managerial decisions, to verify manufacturer reports on recall completion rates puts consumers’ lives in danger,” Levine said, “There are no other public means of knowing how many defective vehicles remain on American roads.”
It is vital that you take the time to find out if a carmaker has issued a recall for your vehicle. You can visit the NHTSA Recall Website and enter your cars’ Vehicle Identification Number.
If a manufacturer’s defect has injured you, you may have more than just a personal injury claim. An injury may involve product liability claims, or failure to warn, or manufacturing design or defect claims. Consider the Orlando car accident attorneys at Martinez Manglardi, PA. We have been Florida personal injury attorneys for more than 30 years. Call 407-846-2240 for a free consultation. Offices throughout Central Florida.