With the sheer number of vehicles that have been recalled over the last 18 months, it is very likely that the vehicle of someone in your family has been recalled. To be safe, car owners should review the vehicle history of any car they own or intend to purchase to determine whether a recall has ever been issued and whether the safety defect was fixed. This is especially an area of concern for used car shoppers. While dealers are required by law to fix any outstanding recalls before selling a vehicle, many recalled vehicles fall through the cracks.
Using the websites of auto manufacturers and the safety websites provided by the federal government, car owners can make sure that they and their families are safe and that any outstanding recalls are fixed. If you or a loved has been involved in an auto accident involving a recalled vehicle, do not hesitate to contact the experienced auto accident lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan today.
Call our firm toll free at (888) 213-8140 to schedule a free case consultation.
How to Determine If Your Car Has Been Recalled
If you purchased your car brand new, than you can be assured that you will receive a recall notice by mail. However, if you are not the vehicles first owner, there is no guarantee that your information is available to the auto manufacturer.
So many used car owners are never notified that their vehicles have been recalled that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that only 40 percent of the vehicles that have been recalled in the U.S. this year have actually been repaired. Additionally, some vehicles have been involved in multiple recalls and fixing one safety defect may lead consumers to believe that they are out of danger, when in fact, their vehicle suffers from multiple issues.
Vehicle Identification Number
The easiest way to check whether any vehicle has had a recall in the last 15 years is to use the NHTSA’s Vehicle Identification Number recall tool located at https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls. Any consumer with the VIN of any car can access the recall information of a vehicle including:
- Safety recalls that are not complete
- Safety recalls announced in the last 15 years
- Safety recalls of motorcycle manufacturers
Additionally, most auto manufacturers have independent recall websites that also use the VIN number tool to identify recall safety defects.
Aggressive Recall Injury Lawyers
Goldberg Finnegan auto accident injury recall lawyers take the safety of motorists throughout Maryland and D.C. very seriously. The entire recall saga spanning multiple years and multiple vehicles poses a very serious problem for motorists. The number of individuals who have been harmed in auto accidents involving defective vehicles is unclear.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident involving a recalled vehicle, contact a personal injury lawyer from our law firm to begin defending your interests.