A record number of vehicle owners received recall notices last year. Recalls were issued for about 60 million vehicles, for everything from minor issues to major issues that could lead to serious accidents. It’s been estimated that up to one-fourth of the vehicles on the road have been recalled but not repaired. As of January 1, about 35 million of the 60 million vehicles that were recalled last year were not repaired.
Many people, upon hearing of all the recalls, become a little numb and don’t take the recall as seriously as they should. Many people never hear about the recalls, maybe because they have bought their vehicle from a private owner, which means the auto manufacturer does not have a way of knowing that they own that type of recalled vehicle. Today, recall notices must have the words IMPORTANT SAFEY RECALL INFORMATION in bright red, capital letters.
In spite of the increased efforts of manufacturers to locate recalled vehicles and to inform owners of the issues with the vehicles, many consumers do not get their vehicles repaired. They are often reluctant to take the vehicle to a dealer, because they are afraid the dealer will tell them they need other expensive repairs. Other people don’t have time to get the car fixed, or feel that the recall is for such a minor issue that it’s not worth repairing.
It’s critical that if your vehicle is subject to a recall, that you get it repaired. If you fail to do so, you are putting passengers in your car at risk, as well as other drivers on the road and anyone who purchases the car from you in the future. You can use safercar.gov to search by Vehicle Identification Number to see if your particular car has been involved in a recall.
If you have been harmed in an accident that is due to a manufacturer’s defect, call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 888-894-0119. You may be entitled to compensation. You can also visit us on Google Plus to learn more.