When a new 18-wheeler rolls off the assembly line, it’s assumed to be safe and road-worthy. After all, it’s brand new and made according to industry safety standards.
But as it turns out, one North American truck manufacturer, Daimler, failed to comply with at least seven product recalls for manufacturing defects in recent years. Daimler produces trucks under the names Western Star and Freightliner, among others.
How the investigation went down
Back in 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into no fewer than seven product recalls. They learned that the manufacturer had failed to take appropriate action to get the affected models off the roads. As a result, they penalized Daimler $30 million dollars and had them submit to a consent order.
What the terms of the order mean
The consent order states that if defects are discovered that make any company vehicles noncompliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, the company must begin their voluntary recall within five days.
Also, Daimler agreed to substantially update their data management systems and IT infrastructure to allow a more rapid collection of safety information from the various business units they control. This will help the company to issue its recalls faster.
No injuries or deaths are tied to the lapse
It is important to note that despite the lapse in timely issuing voluntary recalls due to defective product manufacturers, there were no reported injuries or accidents from the defects. But this can’t be counted on in future cases, which is why the fine and consent order are necessary.
Were you injured by a big rig?
If you suffered injuries in an accident with a large, commercial truck, you should investigate all possible areas of negligence — including, in some cases, the truck manufacturer. Your Houston personal injury attorney can list all defendants in your claim for damages to assure that you get the complete settlement that you deserve.