In what would later become a record-setting year for vehicle recalls, the automotive industry recalled over 49 million cars and trucks in just the first seven months of 2014. A year later, the Wall Street Journal reports that more than 34.5 million vehicles have been recalled over just the first seven months of this year. By all indications, the total number of recalls that will eventually be made in 2015 will be second only to last year’s staggering totals.
Though it is difficult to fathom how such an extensive range of vehicles could be made subject to recall over so brief a period of time, these recalls may be more indicative of the comprehensive efforts federal regulators are now taking to identify and resolve safety issues before they cause any further damage. Now that carmakers are under a higher degree of scrutiny, these companies have been more amenable to governmental audits that look into the safety of their products.
This is a significant shift in the way federal regulators operate; in the years leading up to these record-breaking rounds of recalls, regulators typically depended on the automotive industry to report safety defects and initiate recalls. While the more proactive stance will likely help to improve vehicle safety in our country, serious manufacturing and design defects are likely to continue to be recalled in the foreseeable future.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious car accident that was caused by a defect, you should speak with one of the West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A. to begin assessing what legal claim you have to compensation. To speak with an attorney in West Palm Beach about the particulars of your accident, please call our West Palm Beach offices at (561) 689-8180 today.