Vehicle safety is extremely important, and car manufacturers have a duty to ensure that every part of a vehicle functions properly. However, errors occur, and defective parts often find their way into the market. When this is discovered, manufacturers will issue a recall, which will contain an explanation of the problem and how to obtain a free fix. Those issuing the recall are required to notify vehicle owners of the recall, but people move and vehicles change hands. So it can be challenging to ensure that every driver knows about the recall. Here, we discuss where to find this important information and your rights if you have suffered an injury due to a malfunctioning vehicle.
Where to Find Recall Information for Your Vehicle
Vehicle owners should receive a printed notice in the mail if a recall is issued. It’s important to take these notices seriously and seek the repairs that are offered. However, as previously stated, these notices don’t always make their way to the proper place, and drivers may not even realize that a part of their vehicle has been recalled. To help, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages vehicle owners to check the current recalls each time they change their clocks in the spring and the fall. They offer a complete list of recalls; drivers simply need to enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to check. Additionally, vehicle owners can subscribe to an email alert system, which will notify them if any recalls are issued regarding the cars they own.
What to Do If You’ve Suffered Injuries Due to a Defective Vehicle
In some instances, manufacturers do not do an effective job of notifying vehicle owners of a recall, and further accidents happen. When this happens, and people are injured, these careless businesses can be held responsible. Accident victims may be eligible to file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries due to a defective car part, seek medical care and retain as much evidence from your accident as possible. If possible, do not have your car repaired until you consult an experienced injury attorney. In Anchorage and across Alaska, Ben Crittenden can help you understand your rights and obtain all the compensation you deserve. Even if you aren’t sure if you have a claim, contact Ben today to have your questions answered. You can reach him in his office or by filling out the contact form on this page.