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When are defective car parts recalled?

Understandably, you likely expect your car to get you anywhere you need to go in New Jersey safely and without hiccups. Unfortunately, manufacturing errors do occur, and some can be dangerous. If your vehicle has a safety-related defect, you might even be dealing with an auto recall.

What is an auto recall, exactly? To explain this, FindLaw first takes a look at what safety-related defects are. These are any defects that affect parts of the car that are crucial to control of the vehicle. Examples include steering and braking, or systems that are crucial to the safety of the driver like seatbelts and airbags. These defects are not always severe enough to result in a recall, though.

However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act have standards that determine the minimum level of safety and functionality that all important car parts must pass before being circulated on the American market. You will see recalls happen if a part of a car - or an entire model - have problems that affect control-crucial or safety-crucial aspects in a way that causes them to fall below these standards.

Have you been involved in a crash recently that you believe is the result of a safety-related defect? If this item had been recalled, do you believe your crash wouldn’t have happened? If this is the case, you may want to consider contacting an attorney who can help you look into compensation options as you seek to regain your financial losses.

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