These are minimum performance requirements for parts that impact a vehicle’s safe operation. These standards apply to all vehicles and related equipment. This includes things such as:
The United States Code for Motor Vehicle Safety defines a defect as a problem that poses a risk to motor vehicle safety. Safety related defects can include issues such as:
Are you injured from a car accident and suspect that it was due to a vehicle defect? You may have a product liability claim. You could receive compensation for cost of repairs, medical bills, or lost wages. There are other categories, like pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages. These claims are complex and difficult to prove. So you will need to enlist the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.
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Every year, there are recalls for thousands of trucks, cars, and SUV’s due to defects or flaws. Sometimes these faulty vehicles put consumers at risk for serious injury. Motor vehicle defect cases usually involve one of two types of product liability.
The second form of product liability claim involves design flaws of a vehicle. Design flaws are errors in a vehicle design or its parts. In fact, they make it more likely to have dangerous accidents or cause injuries. You might recall that SUVs were the subject of many lawsuits during the 1990s. This was because they were top heavy and prone to roll over during accidents.
If you think your vehicle may have a defect, you can report it. You can call the NHTSA by calling their safety hotline (1-888-327-4236). heir website is Safercar.gov. If you wish to contact them by mail, send your letter to :
U.S. Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Office of Defects Investigation (NVS-210)
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20590
Information you provide is catalogued on the website, www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/complaints. This database gets updated each week. It helps the NHTSA and manufacturers determine if there should be a recall .
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The Attorney General in Louisiana defines a “new vehicle with a severe defect that impairs its use or value” as a lemon. Vehicles are considered lemons if they have undergone 4 attempts of repair within 1 year of delivery date. Or during the warranty period. Additionally, if the car has been out of service for 45 days in that period.
Vehicles covered under Louisiana Lemon Law:
Vehicles not covered: