The Safety Institute is an organization that monitors product safety and emphasizes the prevention of injuries in consumer products across the country. Earlier this month, the organization released its quarterly report listing the top 15 vehicle potential vehicle defects that consumers and regulators should be aware of. The data is gathered by Quality Control Systems Corp.
It is based on information obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Early Warning Reports Systems. While the data does not necessarily show that a particular vehicle is defective, it gathers accident information and highlights vehicles that the Safety Institute believes need further investigation to determine whether a defect exists. The goal of the report is to identify potential issues and have them corrected before more accidents occur.
Top 15 Potential Vehicle Defects
Below are the top 15 vehicles that may have potential defects based on accident data from the NHTSA:
- 2012 Ford Focus – Steering
- 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt – Electrical
- 2008 Toyota Sienna – Power Train
- 2011 Chevrolet Cruz – Service Brake
- 2007 Toyota Camry – Speed Control
- 2006 Toyota Sienna – Structure
- 2012 Chevrolet Cruz – Service Brake
- 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt – Electrical
- 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt – Electrical
- 2006 Toyota Camry – Speed Control
- 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt – Electrical
- 2005 Toyota Sienna – Structure
- 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt – Rollover
- 2010 Toyota Camry – Speed Control
- 2005 Toyota Camry – Speed Control
Many of the vehicles on the watch list have not been recalled or even investigated by the NHTSA. While some of the vehicles have been investigated and recalled for issues related to the potential defect, injuries and deaths continue to mount according the Early Warnings Reports. This suggests that the repairs were not performed properly or that the root cause of the defect still has not been correctly identified. If you have been involved in an accident in a vehicle that has been recalled or identified for a potential defect, you may have a claim against the manufacturer. Contact the car accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin to learn about your legal options.