Due to the US federal government shutdown, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will not be posting any new vehicle recall notice as of yesterday.  Not only will NHTSA stop making recall announcements, but the group will halt work on their vehicle safety investigations, car safety testing, and setting new regulations for vehicles thereby potentially putting consumers at risk.

Click here to read the full USA Today article: Government Shutdown Halts Car Recalls, Crash Tests

According to the NHTSA website:

“Due to a lapse of Federal Government funding, NHTSA is unable to post any new recalls after close of business September 30, 2013.  Recall searches will remain available but are only current as of that time.  Consumers can continue to file safety defect complaints via this website, but they will not be evaluated by NHTSA staff until funding and services are restored.”

Recently, Toyota and Nissan announced two separate recalls affected over 1.5 million vehicles worldwide.  It is well-recognized that the role of NHTSA greatly impacts auto safety.  Unfortunately, until NHTSA returns, consumers will be forced to rely on the good will and good intentions of the auto manufacturers, something history has shown to be less effective than NHTSA’s presence.

Americans rely on their car manufactures to provide a safe well-designed vehicle.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at the Brandi Law Firm has successfully represented many people injured from defective Toyotas, Fords, Chrysler, Nissan, GM products and numerous other manufacturers and suppliers.  Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective vehicle design nor whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at the Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.