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How to Know If Your Vehicle Has Been Recalled

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 this notice.

Online Database

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.

Maintenance Services

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!
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