If you find that your vehicle or any part on your vehicle has been recalled, then you should take action immediately. Unfortunately, too many people do not take these recalls seriously, and the result is a serious car accident or even a fatal accident. Keep reading to learn more about recalls and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you require a free legal consultation.
Consider the Statistics in 2019
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTHSA) has urged drivers to take action if there is a safety recall on their vehicle. They note that last year, there were nearly 1,000 safety recalls. These affected more than 53 million vehicles and types of motor vehicle equipment in the United States alone. In fact, there were several high-profile cases, such as the Takata airbag case and the Harbor Freight jack stand case.
Not all recalls are that high-profile, and most of them do not cause serious damage. However, you never know when a recall that affects your vehicle could be one that is set out to save your life.
How to Check for Safety Recalls on Your Vehicle
The easiest way is to use the NHTSA website to lookup safety recalls using your vehicle’s VIN. This VIN (vehicle identification number) can be found inside your vehicle where your dash and your windshield meet. If you do not have your VIN or do not want to use this method, you can download the SaferCar app from the NHTSA, and it will check it for you.
What to Do if Your Vehicle Does Have a Recall
If you determine that your vehicle is under recall, then your next call should be to the local dealership for your automaker. They will schedule the repair for free. However, they might or might not provide you with a loaner vehicle or cover the cost of renting a replacement in the event they must keep the vehicle overnight or for several days. Your auto insurance policy might cover the loss of the use of your care so check it carefully.
Do You Need a Free Legal Consultation?
Have you been involved in a car accident that involved a recalled vehicle or vehicle part? If so, your case could be complex. It might be that there is a driver who is at fault, but that there is also a company at fault for the recalled part or vehicle. We recommend you contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible in this case. You can call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation.