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Mandatory vehicle recalls

When people purchase a vehicle, they expect that it will at least be able to take them where they need to go. However, individuals expect more from that out of their vehicles. People also want to be able to provided many amenities. While these extras are important to some, many individuals value safety above all other features. People want to know that they will be safe when behind the wheel of the car.

Car manufactures often promise many things when it comes to the features found in a particular vehicle. Sometimes they fail to live up to these expectations. When there are issues with how a car operates, it may be important that a recall be issued.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a recall is necessary in specific situations. According to the NHTSA, if some part of the vehicle does not comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard then a recall must be issued on the vehicle. The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard is a law that sets minimum safety standards for major parts of vehicles produced and sold in the United States. This includes parts that affect a vehicle's safe operation such as tires, brakes and lighting.

A recall is also a mandatory, according to the NHTSA, when a safety related defect is found in the car. This safety related defect can be found either in the vehicle or some equipment present in the vehicle. A safety related defect is a defect that poses a risk to people's safety when driving in the motor vehicle. Generally, a defect will fall under this category if it creates an unreasonable risk of accidents, death or injury.

Car manufacturers are responsible for meeting these standards throughout the United States. When the standards are not met and individuals are hurt, victims may have legal rights. An attorney can help to explain individual's rights under product liability laws.

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