A vehicle recall may come about when a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recognizes a dangerous defect or fault in a vehicle that has already reached consumers. A recall signals to consumers that their vehicles may not be safe to drive and gives them the opportunity to repair the issue free of charge. If a defective auto part caused your car accident before you received the recall notice, you may need a vehicle recall lawyer in Dallas.
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The need to keep the nation’s roads safe sometimes results in vehicle recalls. A recall might be necessary if a vehicle has safety defects that make it prone to issues or accidents. Recalls in the past have involved seat belts, brakes, airbags, ignition switches, and windshield wipers. Recalls can come about from the vehicle manufacturer or the NHTSA. The manufacturer might issue a recall on its own if it learns about a defect in its vehicles or parts – either through reports of problems from consumers or insider testing.
The NHTSA might step in to force a manufacturer to recall an item if the manufacturer will not do so itself. The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act gave the NHTSA authority to create and enforce vehicle safety standards back in 1966. The NHTSA may issue a safety-related recall at any time if it finds that a problem exists in a vehicle or vehicle component. Recalls mean the item in question poses a risk to motorist safety and likely exists in more than one vehicle.
Under a recall, a manufacturer must notify all registered vehicle owners and buyers by mail of the existence of an issue. The notification must explain the nature of the problem, including potential safety hazards. It must also give a description of the free remedy, such as when and for how long it will be available and where to take the vehicle. The notification may or may not tell the driver not to operate the vehicle until he or she has fixed the issue. A recall notice may give owners the opportunity to repair, replace, or repurchase the vehicle.
Often, the NHTSA also makes manufacturers notify the public of the recall through other means, such as advertisements or posters at the point-of-purchase. The goal is to make as many consumers as possible aware of the issue. It is not, however, the manufacturer’s duty to individually make sure everyone who purchased the vehicle in question has heard about the recall. For this reason, it’s important to check recall databases yourself to make sure your vehicle isn’t part of a recall announcement that you missed. The NHTSA’s website has a VIN search feature that can tell if your vehicle has any recalls.
Some of the most infamous vehicle recalls have involved General Motors for a rapid acceleration motor problem, Ford for a park-to-reverse transmission defect, Ford again for faulty cruise control deactivation switches, Bridgestone-Firestone for tire defects, and Toyota for stuck gas pedals. Many ongoing lawsuits and class actions currently involve defective vehicle parts and recalls. To find out if you have grounds for a lawsuit, speak with an attorney at the Law Firm of Aaron A. Herbert, P.C. Call (214) 200-4878 to schedule your free consultation in Dallas.