Millions of vehicles with unfixed recalls are being driven on roads across the country. These vehicles may contain dangerous product defects that are capable of causing serious injuries or deaths. For example, Takata airbag inflators can deploy with excessive force. In this case, the canisters that house the inflators can burst open and send shrapnel into vehicle occupants. This is only one example of a potentially fatal defect.
If your automaker is following the law, then you should receive a notice in the mail if your vehicle is placed under recall. However, there is another way you can check the recall status of your vehicle. NHTSA’s website, www.safercar.gov, allows you to check if your vehicle has an incomplete safety recall. This website is the most effective tool for staying up-to-date on recall information.
Before you can begin the process of checking for a recall, you will need to find your vehicle identification number (also called the VIN). You can pull your VIN from the driver’s side dashboard of your car. It may also be located on the title to your vehicle or on your insurance policy card. After finding your VIN, type it into website’s search bar. If your vehicle has an unfixed recall, then NHTSA’s website may display results.
NHTSA’s website will not display recalls that are more than 15 years old. It will also not display information for international vehicles. Finally, the website may not list information for recently announced recalls. You can also sign up on NHTSA’s website to receive email alerts with recall information.
Can I File an Auto Defect Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one were harmed by a vehicle defect, then it is crucial to contact an attorney. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to hold the automaker or other parties liable for damages associated with catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.
The Florida product liability lawyers at Colson Hicks Eidson offer free initial consultations. If you are the victim of an auto defect, then we can inform you of your rights and any possible legal options at no cost.