Although vehicle manufacturers are supposed to contact owners about recalls, there are a variety of reasons why you should take the initiative to check your car for recalls twice a year. From address changes and different owners to lost postcards and borrowed cars, you can’t always count on getting a notice about a recall in the mail. Safety advocates recommend checking your vehicle for recalls at least twice a year. You could be driving around with a defective part in your car and not even know it! Thankfully, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a quick and easy VIN Lookup Tool, so you can check your vehicle’s status in a matter of minutes.
What if Your Vehicle Has a Safety Problem?
If you suspect there is a mechanical or design safety issue with your vehicle, you need to file a report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It only takes about five minutes, and it’s critically important. The only way issues get investigated and dangerous vehicles get recalled is through the filing of reports. If the NHTSA and vehicle manufacturers get multiple reports about an issue, they have to investigate.
If Your Car is Under Recall:
If you get a postcard in the mail or you use the VIN Lookup Tool and find out your vehicle has a defective part, you need to get it addressed immediately. Call your nearest dealership to schedule an appointment to get your vehicle fixed. Manufacturers are required to do the repairs for free. The sooner you get your vehicle in, the sooner you can get the issue addressed.
Car Accidents Caused by Defective Car Parts
It can take months or even years for recalls to get initiated, so if you think a defective car part contributed to or caused your crash, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately. It’s also critical that you file a report with the NHTSA and contact the vehicle’s manufacturer.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving defective parts or suspected faulty parts, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.