Some automobile recalls are for relatively minor mechanical defects that are easily fixed. However, anything to do with the auto safety features is potentially very serious.
Every month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes a list of manufacturer recalls affecting motor vehicles and components. For October 2016, there were 95 new recalls on the list. This is an important service that contributes to safety on America's freeways, highways and streets. Some of the most significant recall notices that appear in NHTSA's October 2016 report appear below.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes a list of manufacturer recalls affecting motor vehicles and components each month. These are some of the most significant recall notices issued during September 2016:
Admitting to federal safety law violations, Fiat Chrysler has agreed to pay $105 million, submit to federal oversight, and hire an independent monitor. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fiat Chrysler had mishandled 23 recalls affecting approximately 11 million vehicles.
Sometimes it can feel like construction zones are permanent fixtures of roads and highways across the U.S. While these zones are necessary for the maintenance and upkeep of this vital part of our daily lives, they bring a variety of hazards that, if not handled correctly, can lead to injuries and damage to both the construction zones as well as your vehicle. Some of the more common mistakes that can lead to injuries include:
A man is lucky to be alive after a Lowe's big rig rolled over onto his pickup truck. The man was stopped at a light on Hausman Road near Loop 1604 in San Antonio when a car swerved in front of the big rig. The driver of the big rig swerved to avoid a collision, which caused the big rig to roll over onto the pickup truck. The driver of the pickup truck was well enough to be able to crawl out of his vehicle after the collision. The driver of the Lowe's big rig was uninjured.
While there's a risk of fire after an accident, it's not something we expect from a supposedly perfectly functioning vehicle. Even though newer vehicles are using alternate power sources like batteries, automobiles have been historically powered by gasoline, a fuel source designed to burn incredibly efficiently and quickly. Car manufacturers pride themselves on creating the safest vehicles, citing numerous crash safety ratings on their advertisements, but how often do their products need to be recalled due to combustion hazards?
If you ever find yourself in an auto accident, your mind may not immediately turn to your auto insurance in the heat of the moment. Once you've ensured that everyone involved in the collision has received the necessary medical attention, you will need to get in touch with your insurance company. But do you know exactly how much your insurance policy will cover, or even what it will cover in the first place?
Getting in an automobile accident can be a traumatic experience, and believing that you were at fault can only make it more stressful. Whether you were distracted by something in your car, you were driving just a bit too fast on your way to work, you were driven to the point of exasperation, or for any other reason, the most important thing to do is to keep calm. It may seem like an impossible task at the time, but keeping a level head will go a long way in mitigating your current situation, as well as potentially help you if you find yourself in court.
Being involved in a car crash, no matter how small, can be a jarring experience for everyone involved. It's important to have a plan of action in place in the case of a collision, especially in the case of an injury. There are important tasks to take care of directly after the incident, as well as some that will come shortly after.