New NHTSA Tool Could Keep Recalled Vehicles Off Cape Coral Roads

by Carmen Dellutri on November 12, 2013

Accident lawyer Fort MyersMillions of vehicles are recalled in the United States every year. Defects involving brakes, airbags and tires can dramatically increase the risk of a serious Cape Coral crash.

Unfortunately, approximately 30 percent of vehicles subject to recalls are never repaired. In some cases, vehicle owners ignore notices; in other cases, the notification never makes it to the correct address. Either way, potentially dangerous cars and trucks remain on the road.

To help boost compliance and awareness, the NHTSA recently passed a rule requiring large volume car, light truck, and motorcycle manufacturers to provide the capability to search uncompleted safety recalls on their websites using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The information will also be available on the NHTSA’s own website, SaferCar.gov.

While recall information is currently available on the Internet, VIN searches will allow consumers to instantly verify whether their personal vehicle, or one they may purchase, has been impacted by a safety recall.

"Every day NHTSA is working for the American consumer to ensure that automakers and motorcycle manufacturers address safety defects and non-compliances, and that they also recall affected vehicles in a timely manner," said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. "By making individual VIN searches readily available, we're providing another service to car, light truck and motorcycle owners and potential owners – the peace of mind knowing that the vehicle they own, or that they are thinking of buying, is safe.”

The new law takes effect in 2014.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Cape Coral motor vehicle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Cape Coral injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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