Definition of Motor Vehicle Defects Law
Motor Vehicle Defects Law is a part of consumer protection law that deals with cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles. Every vehicle manufacturer and dealership warrants to its consumers that the cars they sell are safe to drive. However, not every car sold is safe to drive. If some designer made a poor choice or some mistake was made in manufacturing process, drivers could be operating vehicles that contain deadly defects.
The owner of a defective car is typically entitled to repair or replacement free of cost. Sometimes the dealership or manufacturer will notice the defect on its own and offer to repair it by issuing a recall. When the dealership does not offer a recall, the vehicle owners must keep track of the number of times the car needed to be repaired, and if the car spends an excessive amount of time in the shop the owner may be entitled to replacement under Lemon Laws. Motor Vehicles Defects Law also influences cases when neither the owner nor the manufacturers notice a defect, and the defect subsequently causes an accident. Victims of these accidents may be able to collect damages from the manufacturer for allowed a car with a dangerous defect in to the market.
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Motor Vehicle Defects Law is a mix of federal and state laws. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a department of the federal government, issues regulations regarding vehicle safety which most manufactures and dealerships must follow. It also keeps track of vehicle defects and recalls and keeps a searchable database of all recalls on its website. Many states issue additional safety regulations in addition to the federal regulations, and state law controls the legal procedure for addressing vehicle defects. It's important to discuss your motor vehicle defect related issue with a local attorney in order to understand your state's rules and regulations. You can find a motor vehicle defect attorney near you using the search tools below.
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