Each year, thousands of cars and trucks are recalled for various reasons, including for serious safety risks. While many of these automobiles are turned in and go back to the manufacturer, many do not. What happens to those unsafe vehicles? Unfortunately, a number of these recalled vehicles are sold on the “gently used” market to unsuspecting buyers — before undergoing the much-needed safety repairs that only the manufacturer should perform.
Safety recalls can concern the vehicle’s tires, child safety seats, and other equipment relating to the automobile — life or death operational aspects of the vehicle! Despite this, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reports that of the 51 million cars recalled in 2015, on average, over 25% of those recalled cars were never repaired, meaning they are on the road. If you or a loved one was injured as a result of a vehicle safety defect, contact skilled defect attorneys to discuss your legal rights.
Was My Vehicle Recalled?
How do you know if a used car you are interested in purchasing has been recalled? You can start by running a background check on the vehicle’s VIN, as federal officials issue recall notices by makes and models. Carfax also makes it easy to check if your call is on a recall list, for any reason. The car dealer should also be aware of all safety recalls and clearly inform you of any safety issues surrounding the vehicle.
Millions of vehicles were recently recalled for airbags that could “deploy strangely” by catching fire or shooting out sharp pieces of metal into the vehicle compartment, putting passengers at risk of severe injury. A number of other vehicle recalls issued over the last several months involve fire hazards, defective seatbelts, and tire defects. Sometimes, a car’s unknown safety defect will lead to a car accident, at no fault of your own. Skilled auto defect lawyers will help you determine if your car accident was the result of a safety defect that you can recover financially for.
Do Not Ignore Safety Recalls
Whether you are buying or selling a car, it is important to not ignore safety recalls. At the same time, if you believe that you or a loved one has been injured by a vehicle’s safety defect, you need to report the information and seek experienced legal help. If your injuries were caused by a manufacturer defect, the right accident lawyer will be able to help.
What to Do Next
Injured victims of auto defects have legal rights. You or your loved one might be able to file an auto product liability claim against the automaker and other negligent parties and recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Experienced product liability lawyers will be able to advise injured victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options. Contact the skilled trial lawyers at PSB Law today to learn more.