In 2014, approximately 64 million vehicles were recalled for various reasons. According to a study completed by Carfax, nearly one in five cars on the road is under a recall for repair.
Repairs for vehicles subject to a recall are provided at no cost to the vehicle owner. The repairs can typically be completed in as little as a few minutes to several days depending on the size of the recall. In extreme cases such as the GM ignition switch recall, the repairs can be delayed for quite some time.
Despite this fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that one quarter of all recalled vehicles are never repaired. This means that over 45 million cars are currently on the roads that need to be repaired. This poses a safety and personal injury issue for all drivers and passengers on the road.
If your car has been recalled for repairs, you should receive a letter or email from your car’s manufacturer. In addition, you can check the government’s recall site at www.recalls.gov. Once there, you will simply need to enter your car’s manufacturer, model and year.
If you have discovered that your car has been recalled for some reason, you should follow the direction on the communication. Usually, you would need to contact the service department at your dealership to schedule a service appointment. You should not be charged for this repair. If you have been charged or experienced any other problems concerning your recall, visit the NHTSA website.
If your car has been recalled, you should take steps to get it repaired as quickly as possible. It won’t cost you any money, and you will make yourself, your passengers and everyone on the road with you safer. If you believe you have been injured due to a defective part in your vehicle, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to make sure you are properly compensated for your injuries.