Modern vehicles are so packed with technology that they’re all essentially
miracles of modern engineering. However, the latest and greatest tech
doesn’t always work exactly as intended, especially when you remove
it from the testing laboratory and put it to the test with real-world
use. Sometimes, a part or feature on a car may actually prove to be more
risky and pose a greater danger than initially thought, which leads to
manufacturers issuing safety recalls in order to correct the problem before
it can potentially result in serious injuries or even deaths. Since car
manufacturers could be held liable for injuries caused by these poor designs,
it makes financial sense, and thus recalls are more common than you might think.
However, finding out if your car has any safety recalls on it isn’t
always straightforward. Here are a few ways you can find out if any safety
recalls have been issued for your car and what you can do if a recalled
part causes an injury to you or a loved one.
Notification by Mail
Usually the first way most vehicle owners find out that their car has been
subjected to a safety recall is by a notification received through the
mail. Auto manufacturers are required to keep an updated list as to who
owns their vehicles, which they usually do with the assistance of state
vehicle registration bureaus. However, if you’ve recently moved
or your mailing address on file isn’t current, you may not receive
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) keeps an updated
database of all current vehicle recalls (all recalls conducted over the
last 15 calendar years) as well as every vehicle that has been impacted
by each of these recalls, and which ones have had this recall repair completed.
They have used this information to create a quick, easy online database
that allows you to check on whether or not your vehicle has any active
recalls on it.
You can find it on the NHTSA website; all you need is your 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN),
and the tool will do the rest.
When you bring your car to a dealer for service, they will usually run
a complimentary inspection on your car to try to find other issues that
may need repaired. In most cases, your dealer will quickly spot if your
vehicle has any unrepaired recalls and perform them during your maintenance service.
Have you been injured in an accident caused by a recalled part? A Midland
car accident lawyer can help fight for the justice you deserve!
Call Dean Law Firm at (432) 214-8125 for a free consultation!