Auto recalls are a relatively common occurrence. In fact, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website reveals that an auto recall is issued on an almost daily basis. Despite the frequency of auto recalls, however, many drivers continue to ignore auto recalls and avoid getting the necessary repairs.
While some auto recalls are for relatively minor auto defects, it is critically important that drivers fix auto recall problems. As this article points out, according to Carfax, 2.7 million used vehicles for sale in 2011 were involved in safety recalls, with the auto defects never fixed. Driving a recalled vehicle with an auto defect is dangerous to the driver, his or her passengers, other motorists on the road, and future owners of the recalled vehicle.
The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) urges car owners who receive an auto recall notice to get the defect fixed immediately. According to this article, NADA reiterated: “the goal of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) is to have 100 percent of recalled vehicles repaired. NADA urges every car owner who receives a recall notice from an automaker to visit their local new-car dealer and have the recalled vehicle inspected and fixed at no charge. Many vehicle manufacturer websites allow consumers to use vehicle identification numbers (VIN) to look up what, if any, recalls apply and if fixes have been completed.”
In most cases, an auto defect in an open recall will be fixed free of charge if the vehicle is taken to the manufacturer’s dealership. Car owners can check the recall status of their vehicle by visiting the Carfax website and entering the vehicle VIN number. Recall status can also be checked at Safercar.gov, which allows consumers to search certain vehicle makes and models, but the website does not provide vehicle-specific recall information.
Auto defects, such as the following, can cause serious damage, personal injury and even death:
- Child safety seats
- Defective airbags
- Car fires
- Defective seatbelts
- Tire defects
- Door latch failure
- Steering problems
- Electronic wiring malfunctions
- Sudden acceleration
- Defective brakes
If you have suffered injuries or damages as a result of a defective vehicle, you may wish to consult with an attorney. The Chicago product liability law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC is dedicated to protecting consumers from dangerous and defective products, including defective vehicles. Contact one of our skilled Chicago personal injury and product liability attorneys at (312) 600-0000 if you would like more information on auto defects and recalls.