If you are considering buying a used car, you may have inadvertently considered buying a car that had been recalled for safety issues, but wasn't fixed. If a car has a safety defect and hasn't been repaired, it can be extremely dangerous to drive the car.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 30 percent of vehicle owners do not take their car to a dealer to get it fixed after it's been recalled. In addition, Carfax reports that of all the used cars for sale across the country last year, about 3.5 million had been subject to a recall but had not had the repair done. However, not all recalls involved life-threatening issues, and therefore it's not as critical that those repairs get done.
If you are considering buying a used vehicle, you can visit recalls.carfax.com to determine whether a car you are considering purchasing has been recalled but not repaired. The website will also give you a brief description of what the recalled defect is, and whether it's serious.
If one of the vehicles you are considering purchasing is subject to a recall and hasn't been fixed, there are a few options you have. You may wish to consider avoiding the car, especially if the defect is serious and there are other cars you are considering. You could ask the seller to fix the defect before purchasing. You can also learn more about the recall on the NHTSA's website.
Even if you aren't shopping for a used car, you can look up the car you already own to see if you've missed recalls. If your car is having a problem but has not been recalled, you may look at the NHTSA website. It will allow you to search for complaints about your vehicle, and make a complaint in the hope that the NHTSA will open an investigation.
If you have been involved in an automobile accident due to a dangerous defect or problem with a vehicle, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493. You can also visit our LinkedIn page to learn more about our practice. Call us with any questions or to schedule a consultation.