New Jersey has not seen a rise in crashes caused by vehicle malfunctions since it stopped motor vehicle safety inspections in 2010.
An analysis by The Record newspaper found vehicle malfunctions accounted for roughly 2 percent of all yearly accidents. That’s the same percentage that occurred in the two years prior to the change.
Acting state Highway Traffic Safety director Gary Poedubicky tells the newspaper the primary responsibility for performing safety checks remains with each car owner and driver.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration stopped safety checks and focused just on emissions in order to save about $12 million a year.
Police can ticket drivers for tinted windows, license-plate infractions and bald tires.