A new auto defect alert warning system to be tested in Maryland

Statistics recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggest that at least 30 percent of all cars operating on United States roadways are doing so in ill repair.

This is one of the reasons that this federal agency has recently instituted the initial pilot case of what it hopes to be a nationwide program focused on notifying car owners of known recalls for automobile defects. The testing ground for this new alert system is Maryland. So far, the NHTSA has committed nearly $225,000 to roll out this program.

The way that this two-year-long program is slated to work is that vehicle owners will be notified of any recalls on their cars at the time they register them. A press release announcing the program suggested that the vehicle's owner would not only be advised of the defect when registering their car, but that they'd be told of the implications of not fixing the defects as well.

Up until this program was created, the burden fell on auto makers' shoulders to notify vehicle owners of any potential defects in their cars.

A NHTSA spokesperson notes that the government intervening to let drivers know of the dangers posed by their cars shouldn't be seen as removing any responsibility from the auto makers. Instead, they note that it should be seen as giving citizens ample information about potentially dangerous safety concerns.

In the past several years, car recall rates have increased by as much as 34 percent. Carfax even recently released a report that suggests that some 63 million cars out on the road may have some type of safety recall open on them.

The NHTSA currently offers vehicle owners the option of typing in their car's VIN number into a search program to find out if their car has an outstanding recall. Vehicle owners can subscribe to alerts for safety updates on them there as well.

Often times, auto defects aren't identified by designers or the manufacturers themselves. Instead, it often takes a catastrophic situation, such as a car malfunctioning or crashing, for them to become aware of a safety concern. If you've been seriously injured in a car that's since been recalled, then a Nashville auto defects attorney may advise you of your right to file a lawsuit in your case.

Source: MLive, "US launches pilot program aimed at alerting drivers about unfixed recalls," Benjamin Raven, Nov. 14, 2017

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