Every year entire vehicles and specific auto parts are recalled often as a result of defects. “Some sources state vehicle recalls happen almost every single day. Information regarding vehicle defects is often available and sometimes mailed to owners of the recalled vehicles.” However, despite this information many owners and operators of these vehicles fail to repair the defect or avoid the recall entirely. This article will discuss the importance of correcting recalled automobiles and the hazard of failing to do so.
Even though many recalls are as a result of minor or small defects it is of the utmost importance for owners to repair these issues as soon as possible. This is mainly because such defects may cause accidents or injury to drivers or others. Records show that ‘since the start of 2014 to date over 100 million vehicles have been recalled. The majority of these recalls have not had necessary repairs completed on the defective parts of vehicles. In fact it has been noted that some vehicles have been recalled multiple times for various reasons’. “The reality is that safety on the road is affected when such vehicles have not been fixed. Statistics show that over 200 million cars, trucks, SUVs and other vehicles are currently defective on the road. The defects may range from ignition related issues, brake pedal problems, electronic malfunctions, engine issues, airbag issues or even seatbelt failures. The point is failing to keep up to date with information on which vehicles have recalls puts the owners of the vehicles at risk of injury or possible death”; one article stated.
The National Automobile Dealers Association has urged vehicle owners to adhere to auto recall notices and have any defects repaired immediately. The goal of the association is to ensure that all recalled vehicles are properly repaired. In most cases vehicle owners bring in their vehicles at no cost to themselves. The dealerships often inspects the vehicles and repair the defect. The costs are usually free when the vehicle is handed over to the manufacturer for repairs dealing with the defect. Once the manufacturer has completed repairs, the vehicle should be defect-free and safe for driving thereafter.
The problem of defective parts and vehicles is that they may cause serious damage, injury or even death to a driver, passenger and other road users. While death may be an extreme result this may occur in an accident. “Child safety seat defects may cause severe injury to children and even drivers if the safety seat leaves the area it was secured in. Airbag malfunctions may cause burns, cuts and whiplash when deployed. Fires caused by failures in different systems may erupt causing further injury to those in the vehicle. Seat belts that do not function properly may cause a passenger or driver to become stuck in place or to become loose in the vehicle. Defective tires may rupture, causing the vehicle to swerve into objects or other vehicles.” All these are examples of vehicle defects that may have a recall issued.
The cost associated with a failing to respond to a vehicle recall is injury to a person that could lead to hospitalization, expensive and extensive treatment, medication and possible long-term care. However, if you were injured in an accident caused by a defective vehicle that was not recalled speak to a lawyer from a vehicle accident law firm.
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