In 2010, complaints about vehicle safety to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration soared. From the beginning of the year through December 14, the NHTSA received over 40,000 complaints. In most years, the Administration receives 10,000 complaints.
Over 25 percent of those complaints involved Toyota vehicles, which are usually among the most reliable on the road. However, in 2010, Toyota had several recalls, mostly related to problems which caused its cars to unintentionally accelerate. Toyota recently announced that it will create a safety research center in Michigan in order to improve automobile safety. Since the fall of 2009, over 11 million Toyotas throughout the world have been recalled.
After Toyota, Nissan and Volkswagen had the highest ratio of complaints per 100,000 vehicles sold. In 2010, for every 100,000 Toyotas sold, there were 87 complaints made to the NHTSA. Nissan had 62 complaints per 100,000 vehicles sold, and Volkswagen had 58 complaints per 100,000 vehicles sold.
Toyota’s sales have been hurt by the recalls – its sales fell 5.5 percent last month, while sales rose at all other major carmakers. New car sales overall jumped 11 percent last month.
Have you been injured by a defect in an automobile? Was the vehicle subject to a recall? If you have been injured due to a problem with your vehicle, the vehicle’s manufacturer can be held responsible for not only the damage to the vehicle, but also current and future medical expenses, lost wages and more. If you have been injured by a dangerous automobile defect, contact Don Sjaarda, Orange County personal injury attorney, today at 714-963-8216 to learn more about your legal rights.