MOTOR VEHICLE DEFECTS AND RECALL CAMPAIGNS
The need to remove unsafe vehicles from our roads is but one of many priorities dictated by the tragic loss of nearly 42,000 lives annually on the Nation's highways. The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, originally enacted in 1966 and now recodified as 49 U.S.C. Chapter 301, gives the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the authority to issue vehicle safety standards and to require manufacturers to recall vehicles with safety-related defects. The purpose of this booklet is to answer the most commonly asked questions on how and why recall campaigns are initiated, and to inform consumers of their rights and responsibilities when a vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment is recalled. It explains how consumers can report a safety-related problem to NHTSA and emphasizes the importance of citizen participation in ensuring that our motor vehicles are as safe as possible.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC United States 20590
- Publication Date: 1998-10
- Pagination: 16 p.
- TRT Terms: Consumers; Defects; Equipment; Fatalities; Legal rights; Motor vehicles; Public participation; Recall campaigns; Vehicle safety
- Identifier Terms: National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966; U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Subject Areas: Highways; Safety and Human Factors; Society; Vehicles and Equipment; I91: Vehicle Design and Safety;
- Accession Number: 00798210
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Report/Paper Numbers: HS-808 795
- Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
- Created Date: Sep 1 2000 12:00AM