We all count on our cars. Whether it’s getting to work, picking up the kids, or going out to eat, our vehicles keep us in touch with the outside world. But what happens when your car turns out to be dangerous and you didn’t even know?
Vehicle recalls have been on the rise in recent years. They’re so common, in fact, that some car owners never even hear the news. That means they could be unknowingly putting themselves and others at risk.
To solve that problem, manufacturers usually attempt to contact owners via USPS or email, but some of those messages slip through the cracks. To that end, the U.S. government now maintains a website designed to be a “one-stop shop” for information pertaining to vehicle hazards and recalls.
Fortunately, most recalls pertain to non-life-threatening problems, and the defects may only affect a small percentage of the vehicles included in the order. But because some recalls do involve incredibly dangerous conditions, you should always take them seriously.
The good news is that the repair work involved in a recall is typically offered completely free of charge if your vehicle is less than ten years of old. In fact, in most cases, the manufacturer is required to fix it for free. That makes life easier for you: just call the nearest dealership, schedule an appointment, and bring your car by. If your repair is wrongfully refused, an attorney may be able to help.
Sadly, some vehicle defects aren’t discovered until it’s too late. Recalls related to perilous hazards may only come to light after someone is critically injured or dies. In that case, Arizona personal injury law can help victims recover for their losses.
At Kamper Estrada, LLP, we care about our state’s auto consumers, and our Phoenix car accident attorneys are here to help with injuries caused by negligent manufacturers, repair providers, drivers, and insurers alike.