The news is full of automobile recall announcements, but many Americans don’t fully understand how vehicle recalls may affect
their lives. As personal injury attorneys, we have represented citizens
of Marietta, Cobb County, and surrounding areas within Georgia in auto
accidents countless times. Each of these crashes was caused by either
human error or an automotive failure. In situations where an automobile’s
manufacturing tactics may have led to an injury-causing crash, that corporation
may be held liable. Sometimes the causes of these crashes are attributed
to defects within the vehicle(s) involved. Below are a few answers to
questions you may have about automotive recalls and defects:
An auto recall is issued in the event that the NHTSA or manufacturer finds
equipment or parts that make up a vehicle pose a safety risk to consumers.Another
cause of recalls is if a vehicle is found to not meet the minimum standards
of safety set forth by regulators.
- How do I find out about a recall?
Consumers who have registered their vehicles should be notified by the
auto manufacturer in the event of a safety recall affecting your model
vehicle.This contact usually comes in the form of a U.S. postal letter,
but many people find out about recalls and safety upgrades when their
automobile is in for servicing.If you want to stay up-to-date on the most
recent recalls, you can sign up for
email recall notifications from the NHTSA website.
- What should I do if my vehicle is recalled?
If your vehicle is included in a recall, it means that you cannot confidently
operate the vehicle safely because parts may be defective or dangerous.Once
you learn of a recall affecting your automobile, you should follow the
guidance provided within the recall by the manufacturer.Typically, this
means contacting a dealership to schedule a visit for service.
- What is the cost to have a defective or recalled vehicle fixed?
It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to correct any and all vehicle
recalls at no cost to the consumer.Any dealer that refuses to fix a recall
free of charge should be reported to the auto manufacturer as soon as
possible.Filing a report with the NHTSA is also advisable in the event
of unsatisfactory service when dealing with recalled vehicles.
We hope that you are never involved in an injury-causing auto accident,
and especially that your vehicle will serve you safely as to not cause
a crash. Motor vehicles are a large investment, so it is understandable
to expect safety from your car, truck, or SUV.