The bad news is there seem to be more automotive recalls every year. The good news is there seem to be more automotive recalls every year – manufacturers and dealerships are anxious to make owners aware of potential problems before they become BIG problems. But what’s going on?
Car Recalls Began in 1966
Safety recalls were established by the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act in 1966.
When a product is recalled, it is usually due to a safety concern. Consumers need to know their rights when dealing with recalled automobiles.
The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sets the standard of vehicles and the makers of vehicles must follow NHTSA’s guidelines.
What if your car is subject to a recall?
If a vehicle doesn’t meet certain criteria or is found to be defective, then its maker must issue a recall.
The registered owner of the vehicle is notified about the recall by mail and must be informed of potential risk by the manufacturer. The notice should include information on what needs to be done, how long it will take and who will work on resolving the issue.
If the car dealership doesn’t fix the recall issue and the owner has the necessary documentation, the manufacturer must be alerted at once.
If you receive a recall, you should not ignore it. If you do not get the defect fixed, and it causes you injury, it will negatively impact your potential product liability case. Don’t let the car manufacturer off the hook for defects by ignoring recalls. If you have an issue with a recall on your care contact the Law Firm of Gloria Seidule at 772-287-1220. We offer a free consultation and case evaluation.