Vehicle defects and recalls are more than just an inconvenience as the serious issues associated with your vehicle could actually translate to major accidents and injuries. If you believe that your vehicle or any part on it is subject to a recall you have certain rights as a consumer and you may be eligible to pursue compensation by filing a lawsuit.
Correcting the defect may be critical for allowing you to operate the vehicle safety, but it can be overwhelming to find yourself in this position. When a part of the entire vehicle is recalled, it’s strongly recommended that you consult with your dealership about next steps. When the vehicle is recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the manufacturer, this allows consumers to bring the car into their dealership to get those parts replaced or repaired without any charges to the consumer. You may also have grounds to pursue a legal claim against the manufacturer of the car or part. Our law firm investigates claims brought forward by consumers who have been seriously impacted by a defective part. If you were recently in an accident caused by a defective part or recalled vehicle, you need to understand your legal rights.
Manufacturers might be held responsible in court for accidents or injuries caused by a defective part, especially if htey knew about the issue and refused to fix it or to tell dealers and consumers about the problem. Unfortunately, a growing number of vehicle recalls with serious ramifications have made the news in recent years, leaving victims with critical injuries. Some individuals have even lost their loved ones due to problems with recalled parts or vehicles.
Vehicle recalls can relate to any part of the car, including:
- The fuel system
- Engine assembly
- The lubrication system
- The braking system
- The electrical system
- The passenger compartment
- The frame and body of the car
- The suspension and steering systems
- The drivetrain and transmission
- The exhaust system
What You Should Know About Vehicle Recalls
There are several different things you need to know as it relates to vehicle recalls and how you need to protect your rights going forward should you choose to move forward with a case. Auto recalls are one way that unsafe vehicles and parts are removed from America’s highways.
More than 299 million cars, buses, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, and mopeds have been removed from America’s roadways via recalls since 1966. Safety related defects could include problems with windshield wiper assemblies, accelerator control, steering components, wiring system, car jacks or ramps, seat backs and seatbelts, airbags and other issues. Once a defect determination has been made, the law gives manufacturers three opportunities for correcting the defect – a replacement, a refund or a repair. However, if you have already sustained injuries as a result of a serious accident associated with a vehicle recall and a defective part, you may be eligible to pursue a legal claim.
Do You Need Legal Advice with a Vehicle Recall?
Although not every automotive recall is one that prompts legal action, some are more serious than others, particularly if you or your passengers have already been injured in an accident due to a defective part. Consulting with an attorney is strongly recommended. In the event that a defect is discovered in the manufacture or design of an automobile, the vehicle can be recalled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Dealerships are responsible for notifying owners of recalls in the handful of different states and many manufacturers choose to advise those individuals who may be impacted in situations in which it is not required by law for them to do so. Although it is hoped that you always identify and get defects fixed before they cause any major damage, this is not always successful.
In these situations, you may consider filing a product liability lawsuit against the car manufacturer. You could argue that the car was defective and that this led to serious injuries that you have sustained. If you are able to show that you suffered damages as a result of a defeat in the vehicle, there is usually no responsibility for you to show that the manufacturer made any error when producing the car or acted carelessly. Consulting with an experienced attorney is strongly recommended if you find yourself in this situation.