If you have been a vehicle owner for a while, chances are at some point you have received, or one day will receive, a recall notice. So what do you do when you get a recall notice? The one thing NOT to do is to ignore it. Many people believe that a recall will cost them money or don’t have time to take their vehicle in for the repair. In fact, recalls do not cost the vehicle owner anything. The manufacturer pays for the repair. In addition, there are times when a recall notice and repair is critical to your safety. Many recalls are intended to avoid serious injury or worse. There are easy ways to find out if your vehicle is involved in a recall. Just check this link at safer car.org and put your vehicles VIN number in to find out about your vehicle.
This issue has come back into the news recently after a young Texas woman was in a fatal auto crash due to a malfunctioning Takata airbag in her 2002 Honda Civic. The air bag did what many others have done, when it opened in a relatively minor rear-end collision, the air bag tossed metal shards into the vehicle, struck the young woman in the neck and ended up killing her. The authorities have said that the crash was moderate and that she would have survived her vehicle rear-ending the vehicle in front of her had the airbags not malfunctioned. Her family says they never received a recall notice for the vehicle and were not aware that their daughter’s vehicle was a part of the recall.
Now America’s car manufacturers are seeking support from motor vehicle insurers to get vehicle owners to bring their cars for repair after a recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is also pushing for ways to get the public to bring their vehicles in for repairs when a recall. A major industry group representing vehicle manufacturers is asking that insurance companies help with the efforts to remind and inform owners to get to the repair shop when they renew their insurance.
Millions of notices have been sent, particularly with the Takata airbag malfunctions. The statistics are revealing. About one quarter of all vehicles recalled are never corrected. This information from the company Carfax needs to be taken seriously. The NHTSA believes the automakers can do more to get their owners to comply with recall notices. The latest proposed tactic to get more compliance with recalls is to enable the states to notify car owners of them when they register their vehicles. Pilot programs to do this have been suggested in six states and if Congress approves the funds to do this, these pilots could well take effect in the near future.
If you or a loved one has received a recall notice, take your vehicle to your dealer for repairs. And, if you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident please contact Scholle Law for guidance and evaluation of your situation. Our consultation is free of charge and in most cases we handle, we get paid only after we secure money damages for our clients by settlement or trial.