The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 25% of all recall notices do not get delivered to the owners of those recalled vehicles. While 25% may seem like a small number, there have been over 50 million recalls in 2014 alone, which would mean that over 12.5 million people are driving cars that have an active recall, but aren’t aware of it.
The recall process begins when an automobile manufacturer realizes a flaw or dysfunction in their vehicles that could cause harm, injury, or death. They make this defect known to the NHTSA and have 60 days to make the recall known to vehicle owners. However, automobile manufacturers get their information from motor vehicle departments, which may not have accurate or up-to-date information. For instance, if you’re not the first person to own the vehicle you drive, your local motor vehicle department may still have the original owner’s contact information and not yours. This could mean that you will never receive notification that your car has an active recall on it.
So, how can you ensure that you’re driving a safe vehicle, especially with all of the recent serious recalls including Takata airbags and GM faulty ignition switches? The best way is to go to this website and enter the VIN number of your car. This will give you up-to-date and accurate information about whether you need to get your vehicle repaired because of a defect.
Defective products, especially in vehicles, can be deadly. Our Mobile, Alabama injury attorneys at Long & Long have decades of experience representing clients that have suffered because of a recall on their vehicle that caused an accident or injury. For help determining if you have recourse to file a lawsuit because of a recall on your automobile, contact us today or call us at (251) 432-2277.