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Do Auto Recalls Benefit the Public?

Kevin M. McDonald

VW Credit, Inc.

June 21, 2009

Regulation, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp 12-18, Summer 2009

The benefits of personal transportation in the United States come at significant costs to society. Reducing the costs, both in terms of lives and economics, should be the primary mission of transportation safety policy. One opportunity to do this involves vehicle safety recalls. In rare cases, recalls can save lives and reduce injuries. In many cases however, recalls just generate additional costs with little or no benefit.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 6

Keywords: NHTSA, automotive recall, crashworthiness, FMVSS, Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and Regulations, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act

JEL Classification: R48, R40, L50, L51, K13

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Date posted: July 14, 2009  

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McDonald, Kevin M., Do Auto Recalls Benefit the Public? (June 21, 2009). Regulation, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp 12-18, Summer 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1432448

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Kevin M. McDonald (Contact Author)
VW Credit, Inc. ( email )
2200 Ferdinand Porsche Dr.
Herndon, VA 20176
United States
703-364-7207 (Phone)
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