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automobile collisionIf you are injured in an automobile collision, it is entirely possible that a vehicular defect was the cause. Vehicular defects can be incredibly dangerous, especially when traveling at high speeds. At Salvi and Maher, L.L.C. we have decades of experience working with victims of product defects and are available to speak to you about your personal injury case.

History of Recalls

The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, initially enacted in 1966, provided the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with the authority to require vehicle manufacturers to recall products with defects that directly impacted the safety of passengers. Over the next half century, just under 400 million vehicles were recalled for safety-related defects. Yet the enactment of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, while helpful, has not completely eradicated the risk of safety-related defects in our motor vehicles.

In the late 90’s, Firestone Tires released a malfunctioning tire that failed to connect the tread of the tires with the steel belts. After accepting responsibility for nearly 200 deaths nationwide, Firestone recalled the faulty tires.

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Illinois personal injury lawyer, Illinois wrongful death attorney, Illinois truck accident lawyer,In January of 2014, two Ohio men were killed when a tractor trailer hitch failed and the 12-ton trailer the truck was hauling became detached. Both young fathers were traveling on the interstate when the trailer plowed into their vehicles. It took almost two years before the company that manufactured that trailer hitch finally admitted the trailer hitch was defective and issued a recall.

The Alabama company did not even begin investigating complaints about the hitch until 17 months after the fatal accident. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the locking mechanism can erode over time and this causes the pin, which is supposed to lock the trailer and tractor together, to become loose. The company issued a recall for 6,800 hitches, which were sold to Daimler, Kenworth, Mack, Navistar, Kenworth, Peterbilt, and Volvo. The company stopped manufacturing this particular model in 2013.

One of the most common causes of truck accidents is defective equipment. National statistics show that 55 percent of trucks involved in accidents had at least one mechanical violation, and 30 percent of those vehicles had such damaged equipment prior to the accident, it should have been taken off the road immediately. The most common damaged or defective equipment were brakes, with 36 percent. Light systems failures came in as the second malfunction, with just under 20 percent.

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