February 25th, 2013| February 25, 2013 Despite major advancements in motor vehicle safety technology in recent years, car manufacturers are still responsible for putting millions of motorists at risk of injury each year by outfitting vehicles with Defective Products. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced 650 safety recalls were made last year by car manufacturers in the United States, which affected roughly 17.8 million vehicles. Most of the recalls are the result of efforts made by the NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigations and Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance. These organizations examine data from numerous sources, including early warning reporting data and technical service bulletins, in order to determine whether a vehicle or its parts should be recalled. Most recalls are initiated by consumer reports though. Take for instance the massive recall Toyota recently announced due to faulty breaking systems. A recall on the vehicles wasn’t announced until hundreds of accidents had been linked to faulty brake systems manufactured by the company. The NHTSA says the large number of recalls highlights the need for citizens to be aware of problems that may be afflicting their vehicle. That is why the NHTSA urges motorists to check their website regularly to ensure no part of their vehicle has been recalled. The California Injury Lawyers with Berg Injury Lawyers recognize the dangers a defective car part can be. That’s why the firm urges anyone who has been hurt in an accident caused by a product liability issue to discuss their case with an attorney.