A major defect can make your vehicle unsafe to drive and put you at risk of a life threatening accident. By law, the car manufacturer is required to repair, replace or even refund your car or the equipment for free and within a reasonable amount of time.
How to Find Out if Your Car Has Been Recalled
Automakers are legally required to send out a notification to vehicle owners in the mail if a specific model has been recalled.
Since car owners may not know if the vehicle they owned or just purchased still needs to be repaired due to a recall action, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has a website that allows you to check if your vehicle has been recalled.
Another good link to check for recall updates is through https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/
Also check this website: https://www.recalls.gov/nhtsa.html
If you find out that your car is on the recall list, you can take your car down to the nearest dealership. It is also helpful to visit the dealership where you actually bought the car as they can provide you with assistance and usually are available to answer your specific questions.
Federal law gives consumers the right to a free recall remedy. This means that you don’t have to pay for it and instead the automaker is supposed to contact you with instructions on how to get your car fixed.
If the automaker advised you not the drive the car at all, call your dealership and have them bring over a flatbed to transport the car for you. During a recall, this is typically covered by the automaker in addition to a loaner vehicle so that you can keep driving as your car is being fixed.
Car defects, if not corrected, can cause car accidents and even death. Thousands of people are injured each year due to defects in vehicles. These types of accidents could result in a personal injury lawsuit.
Any accident injury experienced by a driver, passenger or pedestrian could possibly result in a lawsuit against the automaker or even the dealership if they do not repair the car.
Car recalls are a serious matter. If you are ever in an accident that was due to a vehicle recall, you should contact an attorney who can explain to you what your rights are.
Our nationwide network of car accident attorneys can help you. We are available 24/7. Call us at: 855-272-6990.