Are Automobiles Becoming More Dangerous?

By February 19, 2015Auto Accident Blog

Car manufactures are producing automobiles with new technological advancements, safety features and energy efficient designs, but does this mean that the cars being produced today are any safer than those made in the past?  A new report from the NHTSA indicates that there is a toll that comes along with the new gadgets and gizmos; more moving pieces means there is a higher likelihood of a defect.  In turn, the greater number of defects the more potential safety implications and hazards to commuters.

The NHTSA reports that in 2014 approximately 64 million care were recalled in more than 800 recall campaigns.  The NHTSA did not break down its figures, but a large portion of the recalls can be traced back to General Motors recall of nearly 27 million vehicles for more than 60 defects.  Automakers were also requested by the NHTSA to recall vehicles equipped with allegedly defective airbags manufactured by Takata, a Japanese corporation that produces automotive systems safety systems and products.

The record breaking number of recalls in 2014 shatters the previous record of about 30.8 million in 2004.  The alarming jump in recalled automobiles has led to criticism of lawmakers and sparked regulatory probes.  Personal injury lawyers have filed numerous lawsuits for injuries sustained as result of the unsafe automobiles.

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The safety of motorists is jeopardized whenever a defective component part is used in an automobile.  GM has, to date, acknowledge 13 deaths related to a potential fatal ignition switch found in some of its older model vehicles.  A compensation fund set up for accident victims has already accepted 52 eligible death claims and received more than 4,200 injury claims.  GM has paid out roughly 93 million through the fund to compensated accident injury victims.

The NHSTA is taking a close look at these figures and appears concerned about the safety implications of such a large number of auto recalls.  Mark Rosekind, a NHTSA Administrator, said is statement, “these figures demonstrate the need for vigorous, effective oversight to remove safety hazards from our highways.”  He concluded by asserting that “when defective vehicles or equipment put Americans’ safety at risk, NHTSA will act.”


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