The basic purpose of the British safety council report to members of parliament in September, 1978 is described as to highlight the situation which exists in Britain as regards safety related defects in vehicles. The conclusion is drawn that through a combination of manufacturers' camouflage, governmental reluctance and procrastination, public apathy and failure to exploit the law, Britain laggs behind other countries, specifically America, in recognising the significance of vehicle defects and their continuing contribution to accident statistics. The situation as regards vehicle defects and recall in the United States is discussed at length - last year the number of vehicles and pieces of vehicle equipment including tyres recalled exceeded 13 million. Publications on the subject and examples of reported defects are detailed. The situation that exists in Britain is described and compared with that in America. It is suggested that the British governments minimum obligation in the area of vehicle safety must be to provide an ongoing, open and legally enforceable system of vehicle recall which gives priority to the safety of the public and to ensuring that a high standard of vehicle design integrity is maintained. (TRRL)

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    • This British Safety Council report was presented to members of Parliament, September 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Jour of the Inst of Automotive Eng Assessors, Inc

    1 Birdcage Walk, Westminster
    London SW1H 9JJ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Tye, J
    • Harrison, M
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00302934
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1980 12:00AM