Defective vehicle parts cause an untold number of crashes each year, or at least serve to make the outcome worse by failing to protect drivers and passengers.
While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other federal regulators seek to curb these incidents by quickly identifying problem designs and products and pressing for recalls (or in some cases, initiating them), the problem is that recalls have a notoriously low response rate.
Our Asheville car accident lawyers would point to the recently-released analysis indicating the total number of recalls this year is likely to exceed not only last year's total of 28 million vehicles, but also the record high set in 2004 of 33 million vehicles. Yet there is growing evidence to suggest millions of those will never be repaired. In fact, the NHTSA estimates, only 1 in 4 is ever repaired.