Motor Vehicle Recalls
Most Americans drive or ride in a motor vehicle—car, bus, etc.—every single day. Now, we all know the roads are dangerous because other drivers speed, switch lanes without looking, and use their phones while driving. But did you know that your own vehicle could pose a risk to you, too? It can.
Defective Vehicles Can Be Extremely Dangerous
The most famous vehicle recall in recent years is the Takata airbag recall. Takata airbags have been recalled because in the event of a crash, the airbag deploys with too much force, and shoots little pieces of metal out into the driver and any passengers. Takata airbags are used in the following companies’ vehicles:
- Jaguar/Land Rover
So far, 11 drivers have been killed by their Takata airbag, and 184 have been injured.
Another startling vehicle recall involves Maserati SUVs which are being recalled for spontaneous engine fires.
Has Your Vehicle Been Recalled?
Sometimes vehicle recalls make the news; sometimes they don’t. It can be hard to stay in the loop, especially when it comes to recalls that aren’t widely publicized. So, how can you stay up to date on vehicle recalls? Here are two options.
This is a good way to learn about recalls if you are just curious on occasion, and don’t mind spending 5 minutes searching for information. First, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website. Then, all you need to do is enter your vehicle’s “Year” “Make” and “Model.” It will tell you how many times that model of vehicle has been recalled, investigated, and formally complained about. You can even watch videos of crash tests performed on your vehicle, and see its safety ratings.
This is a fun way to kill 15 minutes. To write this blog post, I went to the NHTSA’s website, and ran a search on my own car. It turns out my car has been recalled 12 times, investigated 3 times, and been formally complained about 316 times. I was surprised to read all that since I’ve never heard anything bad about its safety before.
Sign Up for the Email Newsletter and Check Your Email
This is a good way to learn about recalls if you don’t want to have to search for recall information, and you’re fine getting an email from the NHTSA now and then. First, go to the NHTSA website. Next, go to the Recall Notification Email System Signup page. Then, enter your email address. You will be emailed recall information as it becomes available.
Chances are good that someday, a vehicle you own or drive will be recalled. Hopefully, you are never hurt as a result of a recalled vehicle. If you are, consider seeking an attorney who will stand up for your rights.