Q. Where do I go to find transcripts and exhibits from lawsuits?
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) would be useful for getting the information you need.
You may consult each agency web site about their data on recalls. Also, Annual Reports of the agency may have some interesting data:
You may want to try agency libraries, like the National Transportation Library, for the Department of Transportation, which is the agency over the NHTSA. It appears to have law information:
Law schools seem to have Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law.
McDermott Library has access to the Statistical Insight database. You may try this for information about recalls.
Check out Georgetown Law Library’s “Free and Low Cost Legal Research Guide” http://guides.ll.georgetown.edu/freelowcost for some ideas.
(You may find similar guides to resources on other large law library sites, like Harvard, Yale, etc. The SMU Law Library may have some information.)
The Library of Congress has a “Law Library, Find Legal Resources” page with Databases and eResources: http://www.loc.gov/law/find/databases.php
Some are free access!
McDermott Library does not have access to Bloomberg Law but there is access to Lexis Nexis and Westlaw.
Also, you might want to visit the Underwood Law Library at SMU. They are open to the public during certain hours and their reference staff can help. They may be able to allow you access to some of their law databases if you are in the library.