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Negligent vehicle design
Negligent vehicle design leads to serious injuries, deaths, and economic losses due to crashes on America's roadways
In 2009, approximately 30,000 people died on U.S. highways. Traffic collisions are the primary cause of serious injuries in the United States, and are the number-one killer of Americans under the age of 34. In addition to the emotional costs, the annual economic loss to society is estimated at more than $230 billion. To improve the safety of America's highways, it is important to get unsafe vehicles off the road.
The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the authority to issue vehicle safety standards and to require manufacturers to recall vehicles that have safety-related defects or do not meet Federal safety standards. Since 1966, more than 390 million cars, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, and mopeds, as well as 46 million tires, 66 million pieces of motor vehicle equipment, and 42 million child safety seats have been recalled to fix safety defects.
Examples of common safety-related motor-vehicle defects include:
- steering components that break;
- fuel system design and parts that result in fuel leakage;
- accelerator controls that break or stick;
- wheels that crack or break;
- wiring system problems;
- air bags that deploy improperly or don't deploy when they should.