March 7 – 13 is Vehicle Safety Recall Week, a great time to visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website to see if your vehicle has been included in a recall. Recall notices do not always reach the intended recipient and, without a notice, you may find out about a defect only after injury has occurred. Check your VIN at the NHTSA to see if action is needed.
More than 31 million cars were recalled in 2020, the latest year for which full statistical data is available. Those vehicles were part of 786 individual recalls issued by auto manufacturers for things as diverse as electrical system defects, ignition and engine issues, improper safety features, and poor design. Risks posed by these and similar defects include loss of vehicle control, explosions and fires, failure to protect lives, and more, making it important to take action as soon as possible when you receive notice of a recall.
Recourse When Injured
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a vehicle defect, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, personal pain and suffering, and more. The best way to learn about your options is through a private consultation with one of the personal injury lawyers at Brown & Brown. Experienced, attentive, and aggressive, our lawyers are here to help victims of serious injury get the justice they deserve.
When a company issues a recall, they are making an effort to avoid liability in the case of injury. However, a recall does not shield the company from taking responsibility for damages that have – or might yet – occur. Failure to follow instructions when you receive notice of a recall can complicate your claim, but not all recalls are received and, even when they are, injury can occur before time allows for repairs. We are here to review your claim, free of both cost and obligation, to help you determine if you have cause to file suit.