Revisions of car models come out on a yearly basis, with new and improved features hoping to entice the consumer into making a purchase. Sometimes, faults are found in these vehicles after they are sold – faults which could prove potentially dangerous or fatal if they are not rectified.
What Is a Car Recall?
When it is decided that a specific make and model year has a serious defect that could affect the safety of those in the car or other motorists, these cars are no longer considered safe and they will be recalled. A recall situation can only be determined by your car’s manufacturer or by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Once the manufacturer has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of a car’s recall, it has 60 days to notify the car’s owner.
Often when there is a recall notification, there is little chance that the car for which the recall is issued will actually fail, but manufacturers would rather not take the liability risk. Between the years of 2009 and 2010, Toyota recalled more than 10 million vehicles from its Toyota and Lexus brand lineups. The recalls were for issues with the cars that lead to “unintended acceleration.”
Replacing a defective part or vehicle will be done at no cost to you. However, depending on the extent of the recall, there could possibly be a waiting time for repairs or replacement parts. Your dealership will notify you when it has the necessary parts in stock. If there is a long wait to get a recalled/defected part replaced, you may wonder if continuing to drive the car puts you in danger. The most important thing you can do in a situation like that is to check to see if the recall involves a key operating component.
What Are My Responsibilities Regarding a Car Recall?
In the case of a car recall, you will be contacted by your car’s manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, via a number of potential methods. You will receive information about the recall including description, risk(s), warning signs and the manufacturer’s intended solution for the defect. You will also receive information on how to have your vehicle fixed. If the defect cannot be fixed, you will receive instructions on how to go about replacing your vehicle. You will usually be contacted with all this information by mail. If the recall involves your tires, it must be fixed within 60 days.
The worst thing to do when notified about a recall of your vehicle is to ignore it. For one, if you choose to ignore the recall, you and your passengers are personally at risk of potential injury caused by the defect. Secondly, if you ignore the recall warning, you are in an accident caused by the manufacturing defect, you may not be eligible for the claims you are filing.
Compensation for accidents and injuries involving car recalls and defects is a complex issue. It is advised to contact an experience personal injury lawyer should such a case arise. Our network of attorneys are available to assist you in the case you are injured in relation to defects found in a vehicle recall. Call us at: 855-272-6990.