It seems that almost daily, vehicle manufacturers issue recalls for problems with their automobiles. Some of the issues, like faulty window switches, are minor. More serious problems, such as airbags that can explode upon deployment, can cause grave injuries and even death if not addressed.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 25 percent of vehicles that have been recalled are never fixed. This means these drivers and their passengers could be at risk for an injury that could have been prevented if the repairs had been done. Car dealerships send out recall information to those who purchased vehicles through them. However, if you move, buy your vehicle from a private seller, or simply don’t receive the letter, you may not know that you are in danger.
How Can You Check for Vehicle Recalls?
Periodically checking for recalls yourself can prevent you from experiencing serious problems related to defects in your vehicle. Fortunately, you can find out about recalls quite easily through the NHTSA website safercar.gov. Here’s how it works:
- Locate your car’s VIN number. Drivers can check for open recalls on safercar.gov with the help of their 17-digit Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN). You can find your VIN by looking on your vehicle dash or on your registration card. Entering this number onto the site allows you to scroll through the recalls and find out if you are affected.
- Enter your vehicle’s information. You can look for recalls on your vehicle by entering its make, model, and year into the site.
- Receive updates. Drivers can sign up to receive email alerts from NHTSA about the latest recalls.
Has a Recall Put You in Danger?
If you were injured because of a vehicle malfunction, you may be entitled to receive compensation. The Steinberg Injury Lawyers have helped many drivers in the Los Angeles area receive the help they deserved and may be able to do the same for you. Contact us today by calling 800-989-6385 to speak with a legal professional about your situation.