Posted On August 30, 2017 In Helpful Information
Millions of vehicles are recalled in the US each year for defects that may cause catastrophic injuries and deaths. For example, General Motors’ (GM) faulty ignition switch may be responsible for an estimated 124 deaths and 274 injuries. Vehicles with this defect could lose power while they were being driven. As a result, the airbags, power steering and other necessary features no longer worked. GM’s ignition switch is only one example of how motor vehicle defects can contribute to horrific injuries or wrongful death. It is important to stay on top of recall notices so you and your family can stay safe.
Before explaining how to use popular tools to check for vehicle defects, it is important to emphasize that automakers do not always issue a recall once defects have been found. For example, GM engineers detected the ignition switch defect in 2004, but only issued a recall in 2014. Keep this in mind as you read today’s blog.
If your automaker is abiding by federal laws, then it will issue a recall once it determines the presence of a defect. The two most popular tools to check for recalls are SaferCar.gov and the myCARFAX app:
Depending on the circumstances, your vehicle may be recalled by NHTSA or the manufacturer. If your vehicle is under recall, then you can receive free repairs from your local dealership. However, keep in mind that it may be simply too dangerous to drive your vehicle. For example, NHTSA has warned 2001-2003 Honda Civic and Acura vehicle owners not to drive their cars – even to the dealership for repairs. In these cases, see if the dealership will tow your vehicle to be fixed.
Unfortunately, repairs may not be completed right away. If the repairs are scheduled to take more than one day, then you could ask your dealership for a loaner vehicle.
Depending on the circumstances, you could also file a lawsuit if you or a loved one were harmed by a vehicle defect. In this case, a Texas defective product attorney at Mike Love & Associates, LLC could help you determine your eligibility for filing a lawsuit.