Automotive Recall Campaigns: Proposals for Administrative and Judicial Responses
University of Detroit Journal of Urban Law
automobile recalls, products liability, tort law
In 1978 the author received a letter from Nissan Motor Corporation indicating a potential defect in a recently purchased 1977 Datsun F-10 Wagon. This letter, coupled with my experience as a litigation attorney in the automobile product liability area, led to analysis of the effects such a letter could have if introduced into evidence during a product liability trial. A review of the available government regulations and judicial decisions led me to believe that the area was ripe for a new legislative or administrative initiative to balance the equities between consumers' needs and the potential liability of manufacturers or sellers of products subject to recall campaigns, specifically motor vehicles.
Stephen J. Werber, Automotive Recall Campaigns: Proposals for Administrative and Judicial Responses, 56 University of Detroit Journal of Urban Law 1083 (1979)