From exploding airbags to faulty breaks, ignition switch problems and electrical issues, vehicles are being recalled in record numbers for various safety reasons. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that a record 51 million vehicles were recalled in 2015. Vehicle recalls have been up in recent years due in part to the large recall of GM vehicles with faulty ignition switches and the Takata airbag. These recalls came as a result of many deaths and catastrophic injuries caused by faulty parts.
Has your vehicle been recalled?
Carfax reported that one in 5 vehicles are operating with an open recall and the NHTSA reported that about 25% of recalled vehicles are left unrepaired. You can quickly and easily check if your vehicle has been recalled by searching the vehicle recalls by VIN tool on the NHTSA website at https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/ . By typing your VIN number in this vehicle recall by VIN tool, you can learn if any safety recalls have been issued for your vehicle over the past 15 calendar years and if there are any safety recalls that are incomplete on your vehicle. This safety information includes recalls conducted by major light auto automakers, including motorcycle manufacturers. It does not include international vehicles or safety recalls by small vehicle manufacturers, including some ultra-luxury brands and specialty applications. You can also do a vehicle recall check by visiting https://www.recalls.gov/nhtsa.html where you can search by the vehicle or equipment producer, learn about tire and other equipment recalls, and see a particular vehicle recall list on monthly recall recap reports.
The serious dangers of recalled vehicles
Cars and trucks with hazardous defects can put the lives of drivers, passengers, and others on the road in danger. When serious injury or death occurs as the result of a faulty car part, such as in the case of the General Motors ignition switch recall and the Takata airbag recall, the victims may be entitled to receive compensation for their injuries. It is the duty of an automobile manufacturer to alert a consumer in a timely manner as soon as a defect is discovered. This is not always the case as some companies wait years to report defects and issue recalls, and this negligence has put lives in jeopardy.
Common auto defects resulting in a recall
- Airbag defects
- Brake defects
- Tire defects
- Seatbelt defects
- Faulty ignition switch
- Accelerator problems
- SUV rollover
- Vehicle fire hazards (wiring or fuel leaks)
- Steering malfunction
- Electrical problems
- Door defects that can cause ejection from the vehicle
- Transmission failure
- Motorcycle defects
- Fuel tank defects
A defect in a vehicle’s design or assembly, as well as a defect in an individual part, can cause a hazardous situation, which results in a vehicle functioning improperly. This can in turn cause a tragic and deadly accident, serious vehicle fire, or severe injuries from faulty parts or equipment. Vehicles with dangerous defects and those subject to recalls put lives in danger every day. Automakers owe it to consumers to issue warnings and recall as soon as a problem is discovered.
Car Recall Accidents – At Fellerman & Ciarimboli, we hold negligent parties accountable
Accidents involving a recalled vehicle or car part are extremely complex, and require the experience of a qualified legal team to thoroughly investigate and build a winning case against an automaker, parts manufacturer or insurance company. The significant number of settlements obtained and penalties imposed surrounding recent recall cases highlight the real dangers imposed on consumers by negligent automakers and others in the industry. Because of public backlash over the dangers of faulty parts and vehicles, the NHTSA is being much more aggressive in prompting automakers to move faster on recalls and get unsafe vehicles off the road.
Call Fellerman & Ciarimboli today for a free consultation
We are committed to seeking justice on behalf of those injured as the result of recalled vehicle accidents and faulty car parts. If you or a loved one was injured in a car or truck accident as a result of the negligence of another, including a defective vehicle crash, contact the car accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli today for a free consultation. Liable parties may include auto manufacturers, distributors, and vendors among others. Catastrophic injuries or wrongful death as a result of a vehicle recall accident can leave your family feeling helpless and alone. We can help you fight to get the compensation that you and your loved ones rightfully deserve. This includes medical and rehabilitative care, lost wages and compensation for pain and suffering and loss of relationships. Call a Philadelphia car accident attorney at 215-575-9237 or talk to a car accident attorney in Wilkes-Barre at 570-714-HURT.
With more than 40 years of combined experience, the personal injury attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli strive to provide the best service to clients in Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania, and throughout the Keystone State.