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Auto recalls reaching record highs

Nowadays, we all take driving for granted. Forget that at one time people had to spend days riding a horse to get to town for supplies. Now we can cruise across multiple states in a matter of hours. With this acceptance of the ease travel also comes a complacency with vehicle safety. Negligent drivers can pose a significant threat to motorists, and so, too, can a defective product. Making matters worse, there may be more defective auto products than most of us are aware.

Last year alone, in fact, the U.S. saw 927 recalls that affected more than 53 million vehicles. This is a significant increase over the past several years. In the year 2011, nearly 14 million vehicles were recalled. This means that millions of Americans have been put in harm's way through acts taken by at least one negligent manufacturer. Making matters worse is that many people don't get their cars repaired. This could be attributed primarily to a lack of ability to track down and contact owners of all of these vehicles.

When a defective auto part, such as a tire, valve, or airbag results in injury, then legal action can be taken against the negligent manufacturer. If successful on one of these claims, a victim may be able to recover compensation for his or her losses, which may include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Proving auto product liability can be challenging, though, especially since many of these companies are represented by highly skilled legal teams. On account of this fact, those who are considering pursuing legal action need to do everything they can to protect their legal rights and give them the best possible chance of success to succeed on their claim. In many instances, acquiring legal assistance is one of the best ways to do this.

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