National Vehicle Recalls Safety Week

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently gearing up for National Vehicle Safety Recalls Week. From March 2-6, 2020, officials with the NHTSA will be encouraging motorists to check their vehicles for open recalls. If your vehicle has a recall, you can make an appointment to get it fixed for free. Don’t put off checking or making the appointment.

Recalls are initiated due to potentially life-threatening safety defects. Don’t count on a postcard either. The NHTSA wants all motor vehicle owners to get into the habit of checking their vehicles for recalls at least twice a year.

U.S. Motor Vehicle Recall Information

  • Recalls are prompted by significant safety concerns.
  • Recalls can be prompted by steering, fuel systems, braking, wheels, airbags, wiring and other components that can pose a serious safety risk to motorists.
  • Approximately 25 percent of recalled vehicles are never repaired.
  • This means that potentially millions of vehicles with life-threatening safety defects are still on the road.

How do Recalls Get Initiated?

Although some manufacturers report defects directly to the NHTSA, other recalls are initiated after lengthy investigations have been conducted. First, consumers file reports with the NHTSA and with the manufacturer. In the past, it has taken weeks, months or even years for some investigations to get initiated after multiple consumer reports.

Once the formal investigation has been conducted, the NHTSA will evaluate the risk level of each safety issue. If investigators determine the risk of injury and death is too high, they NHTSA will require the auto manufacturer to issue a recall to fix the problem.

What if Your Vehicle Has a Recall?

For more information on checking your vehicle for a recall, visit the NHTSA’s VIN Search Tool page. If your vehicle has a recall, you need to get it fixed as soon as possible. Contact your local dealership or service center to get an appointment for your vehicle to get repaired for free.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a defective or faulty auto part in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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