App alerts consumers to potential vehicle safety issues, recalls

Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Mar 22, 2013

When buying a car, Tennessee residents like to think that all of the safety features are working and that the car is up to the highest safety standards. And while this is true for a good number of cars, there are still recalls made on numerous makes and models of vehicles due to defects that could -- and in many cases do -- lead to accidents.

To try and combat this, the idea is that education into safety concerns and recalls is crucial. This is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched the iOS SaferCar app for iPhones and iPads. This app allows consumers to read up on recalls and safety complaints, as well as information regarding how to properly put in child safety seats.

The app also allows consumers to file their own safety complaints and be automatically alerted to recalls.

Looking to the future, the NHTSA is still working on an equivalent app for Android devices.

The fact that this app is even a real thing goes to show the high number of recalls and safety concerns regarding vehicles sold here in the U.S. In some cases, these issues are due to safety features, such as seat belts and air bags not deploying, but there can also be issues with pedals getting stuck and brakes not working properly.

For consumers in Tennessee, while this is certainly unsettling to think about, the more education about safety issues, the better. Even in cases where there has already been an accident -- and no recall has been issued on the vehicle -- those injured should still look into if a defect could have caused the accident. If so, it may be possible to hold the manufacturer accountable.

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