Over a million vehicles on Houston’s roads have open recalls, meaning that they have been recalled by the manufacturer but not fixed. Vehicles that have been recalled but not fixed can be dangerous to the occupants, as well as to others on the roads.
This is not strictly a local problem. Across the country, an estimated 46 million cars have an open recall, or one in six vehicles on the road. Many of those vehicles are from the largest recall in U.S. history, which involved Takata airbags. Those airbags are prone to explode under some conditions, which can send shrapnel flying around the vehicle.
Many owners of those one million vehicles that have not been recalled in Houston have not been notified of the recalls. Car companies do not have a way to notify used car buyers, unless they have registered with the company as owners of the vehicle.
There are a number of ways you can keep up to date on recalls of your vehicle. First, if you bought the vehicle used, you can notify the automobile manufacturer that you are the owner, which will assure that you will get future recall notices. If you bought your vehicle new, make sure the automobile manufacturer has your current address, phone number, and email address.
To find out whether your vehicle has any open recalls, you can locate your vehicle identification number, and type it into the website safercar.gov. You can also check it on the Carfax website, which makes it easy by offering an app that you can scan with your phone.
It’s not uncommon for automobile accidents to be caused by vehicle defects. If you believe that your automobile accident was due to a defect with a vehicle, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation, or visit us on LinkedIn.