What Happens When Your Vehicle Gets Recalled?
Vehicle manufacturers have a responsibility to make sure the cars they sell are safe to drive. But with the number of news stories about large recalls involving millions of vehicles, it often seems like consumer safety is being ignored.
The Latest Takata Recall
The recent recall by Takata, the Japanese airbag manufacturer, of 2.7 million vehicles because they were equipped with faulty airbag inflators, highlights the problem. In total, Takata has recalled more than 42 million vehicles since the problem was first identified in 2013, raising the question of why four years has gone by before this most recent recall.
Who Handles Recalls?
The NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration) is the government organization charged with keeping track of safety recalls involving motor vehicles. Examples of other defects that have led to recalls in the past include:
- Faulty accelerator or brake pedals
- Defective brakes
- Malfunctioning steering mechanisms
- Defective tires
- Electrical or computer problems
- Cars that do not meet government emissions standards
If You Have a Recalled Vehicle, What Can You Do?
Takata’s newest recall includes Ford, Nissan, and Mazda models from 2005 through 2012. Check your vehicle’s VIN on the NHTSA’s site to find out if it needs to return to the manufacturer for airbag maintenance and replacement. There should be no cost for this service.
While we expect safety to be everyone’s top priority, in many cases, large automotive corporations are more concerned with protecting their bottom line. That’s why vehicles are sold with defects, and why the manufacturers are often slow to recall cars even when they have identified a discernible threat to consumer safety.
It may feel like people have no recourse when it comes to taking on such large companies. Fortunately, the federal government and states like Connecticut have strict product liability and personal injury laws that make it possible for people who have suffered injuries or damages to be fully compensated for any losses.
If you own a vehicle that has been recalled, you have a number of options at your disposal. If you have suffered any economic damages because of the defective part, you are entitled to recoup the car’s resale value and the value for the loss of use of the car. Furthermore, if you have been injured because of the defective vehicle, you will be able to seek compensation for any and all costs associated with the injury. This includes medical bills, hospital stays, rehabilitation, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Finally, you may be entitled to take part in a class action lawsuit associated with the defective vehicle. These cases are complicated and involve dozens or more plaintiffs coming together. The Connecticut General Statutes govern defective products and the statute of limitations for a defective product lawsuit is generally three years.
If you or a loved one has suffered damages, either financial or physical, because of a defective car part, you deserve to be fully compensated for your loss. The product liability attorneys at Naizby Law have years of experience successfully taking on manufacturers and protecting consumers. Contact one of our friendly representatives at (203) 245-8500 to schedule a free consultation.
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