The New York Times recently published an article concerning the apparent delay that millions and millions of American car owners are experiencing because the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s investigations concerning vehicle defects are lagging longer than anticipated.
As a result there may be very large numbers of drivers (including those is Weston and throughout Florida and the United States) who are operating vehicles that are susceptible of failure or causing great harm and they may not have been timely notified. For instance, there are concerns that millions of Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers, as well as General Motors’ SUV’s owners are driving potentially dangerous vehicles without proper notice.
Amazingly, investigations into these vehicles have taken close to four years to come forth; contrary to the N.H.T.S.A.’s stated goals of completing their investigations within twelve months. The N.H.T.S.A. claims that money is part of the problem, lacking the funds to retain sufficient investigators. Mind you, the issues at stake can be so insignificant as an interior fitting, to the concern for exterior body parts (such as sun roofs) that can come loose and become airborne on roadways around your locale, including Weston, Florida, striking other vehicles and their occupants. Evidentially, there were some 19 recalls concerning sun roofs in 2012.
Congress has funded approximately 800 million dollars for the N.H.T.S.A., of which about 10 million dollars goes toward defect investigations. And while inflation has affected most of the Agencies operations and needs, its defect investigations haven’t received the increases to continue their investigations as may be needed.
Another example of an ongoing investigation is concerning Chevy pickups, as well as its Suburban SUV. Apparently the brake lines are susceptible to rupture, impeding the vehicle’s ability to properly stop, at the least. An investigation was started concerning these brake lines in 2011 and is still not completed.
This all falls under the concern for what does it take to ensure our highway safety; and the untold conversation of what role does the civil litigation process play in supplementing the role of government in keeping our highways and streets safe. Frankly, in this writer’s opinion, there are many untold benefits provided to our society as a whole, by the accountability that is decided by our Tort System through the prosecution of products liability claims on behalf of unfortunate victims.
For more discussion regarding this important topic, please feel free to contact Attorney Marvin Schulman at the Schulman Law Group at 954-349-3300, 1-877-529-0444 or at firstname.lastname@example.org