Auto Recall Notices
There have been many auto recall notices this year
due to auto defects and imports are right up there with U.S. made automobiles too.
What Is a safety-related auto defect?
The United States Code for Motor Vehicle Safety (Title 49, Chapter 301) defines motor vehicle safety as “the
performance of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment in a way that protects the public against unreasonable
risk of accidents occurring because of the design, construction, or performance of a motor vehicle, and against
unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident, and includes nonoperational safety of a motor vehicle.” A
defect includes “any defect in performance, construction, a component, or material of a motor vehicle or motor
vehicle equipment.” Generally, a safety defect is defined as a problem that exists in a motor vehicle or item of
motor vehicle equipment that: Poses a risk to motor vehicle safety, and may exist in a group of vehicles of the
same design or manufacture, or items of equipment of the same type and manufacture.
Examples of safety related auto defects:
- Steering components that break suddenly causing partial or complete loss of vehicle control.
- Problems with fuel system components, particularly in their susceptibility to crash damage, that result in
leakage of fuel and possibly cause vehicle fires.
- Accelerator controls that may break or stick.
- Wheels that crack or break, resulting in loss of vehicle control.
- Engine cooling fan blades that break unexpectedly causing injury to persons working on a vehicle.
- Windshield wiper assemblies that fail to operate properly.
- Seats and/or seat backs that fail unexpectedly during normal use.
- Critical vehicle components that break, fall apart, or separate from the vehicle, causing potential loss of
vehicle control or injury to persons inside or outside the vehicle.
- Wiring system problems that result in a fire or loss of lighting.
- Car ramps or jacks that may collapse and cause injury to someone working on a vehicle.
- Air bags that deploy under conditions for which they are not intended to deploy.
- Child safety seats that contain defective safety belts, buckles, or components that create a risk of
injury, not only in a vehicle crash but also in non-operational safety of a motor vehicle.
Examples of non-safety related auto defects:
- Air conditioners and radios that do not operate properly.
- Ordinary wear of equipment that has to be inspected, maintained and replaced periodically. Such equipment
includes shock absorbers, batteries, brake pads and shoes, and exhaust systems.
- Nonstructural or body panel rust.
- Quality of paint or cosmetic blemishes.
- Excessive oil consumption.
U.S. Automobile Recalls and Canadian Automobile Recalls