You may have noticed that there have been quite a few auto recalls in recent
years. GM has recalled 1.6 million vehicles worldwide over issues with
a faulty ignition switch, and Toyota recently settled a federal probe
to the tune of $1.8 billion over complaints related to unintended acceleration
in popular models. Volkswagen may also have a sizable recall on their
hands following the massive emissions test cheating scandal, affecting
as many as 11 million vehicles worldwide.
Here’s what you need to know about automotive recalls:
What is a recall?
If a vehicle is determined to contain a dangerous defect, the carmaker
or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will attempt
to contact every owner of the vehicle to request that they bring the vehicle
to a dealership for a free inspection and remedy.
Why are cars recalled?
Cars must abide by U.S. safety regulations. A recall is only issued when
a car is found to be in violation of these regulations. This can be anything
from defective tires prone to blowouts, seatbelt issues, or airbags that
fail to deploy when they should. While smaller problems can be annoying,
like a radio that has a tendency to only receive static, they are not
likely to merit a recall. If you discover a potentially dangerous problem
with your vehicle, report it to the manufacturer and/or the NHTSA immediately.
Who can recall a car?
There are two types of recalls. The first type comes voluntarily from the
manufacturer, and usually occurs when they independently discover an error
in the quality control process. The second type of recall occurs when
the NHTSA gets involved to investigate a reported issue. If the agency
demands a recall, the manufacturer must comply. NHTSA complaints can be
How do you know if your car has been recalled?
You should receive notice of a recall via regular mail and/or email providing
details of the defect, potential warning signs, information on how the
manufacturer plans to remedy the problem, and instructions on what to
do next. You can also search for vehicle recalls by VIN number on the
Defective vehicles put drivers at serious risk. If you have been injured
in a car accident that you suspect was caused by a vehicle malfunction,
please contact Goodman Acker P.C. to speak with a Detroit car accident
lawyer. Our firm has more than 75 years of experience handling car accident
cases and knows what it takes to properly investigate them in pursuit
of maximum compensation.
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