Most people in the U.S. are aware that vehicle recalls occur, especially with all the publicity in recent years over the recalls due to faulty Takata air bags and GM’s defective ignition switches. However, most recalls do not get the press coverage that the Takata and GM recalls have received.
A recent report from Carfax found that over 47 million vehicles in the U.S. have at least one unfixed safety recall, which is almost 20 percent of all vehicles in operation in the U.S. as of October 2015. There are couple of reasons that people do not get their vehicles recalled - they may never learn of the recall, or they may choose not to take action after learning of a recall.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 25 percent of recalled vehicles are left unrepaired. The U.S. Transportation Secretary has announced that recalls are a serious safety issue, and that consumers with vehicles under recall should not wait for repairs.
Another obstacle to getting vehicles repaired when there is a defect can be the automobile manufacturer. Manufacturers are often very resistant to issue recalls, and when a recall is ordered there can be numerous delays and other problems.
If you have been injured in an automobile accident because of a defective vehicle, the manufacturer can be held legally responsible and can be forced to pay damages. Call the personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit our Facebook page to learn more.