Sometimes, a car manufacturer can release a new car model that does not meet the standards set by the federal government. If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that vehicles of a certain model are unsafe, the manufacturer will have to recall every vehicle of that make. The manufacturer will then either repair all the recalled cars or replace them for free.
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Important tip when buying a car: Do not pay for a car until you are sure it’s safe to drive. The NHTSA is responsible for ensuring that manufacturers release safe cars into the market. Before you settle on a car, visit http://www.safercar.gov/Vehicle+Shoppers to learn more about its safety history.
What happens during a car recall?
The manufacturer will send you a recall letter with the following details:
- A description of the car defects,
- Risks involved in driving the car in its defective state,
- Warning signs to look out for,
- Plans for repair or replacement,
- How to get your car repaired or replaced.
The letter from the manufacturer will also instruct you to visit your local dealer for repairs. You should do so without fail and within the specified period.
If you don’t receive a letter from the manufacturer, but you’ve heard news of a recall, visit the NHTSA website for more details of the recall.
- Recall repairs should only be done by an authorized dealership.
- If the dealer has not been notified of a recall, show them the letter you received from the manufacturer.
- You should not be charged for replacements or repairs. If the dealer asks you to pay, call the manufacturer, or contact NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236
Why you should never ignore recall warnings:
Ignoring a recall warning is dangerous and could result in a serious crash. Whereas accidents due to recalled parts usually result in the manufacturer paying damages to the injured party, it’s not always straightforward. If you ignore a car recall by a manufacturer and then get into an accident, it might be a lot harder to receive compensation and the manufacturer might actually win the case.
If you have been involved in an accident as a result of car defects, seek legal assistance from a lawyer who has experience dealing with accident cases.
Call us at: 914-879-4550 to schedule an appointment or visit accidentvictimhelp.com for more details.
This information is in no way legal advice, and does not create the attorney-client relationship. Consult expert legal counsel such as Mr. Duffy to go over your case details to fully answer your questions.