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We use cars everyday to get to school, work, or to just run errands. We rely on cars to get us where we need to go, so if you find out that your car or a component part of your car has been recalled, you might be left uncertain of what to do.
Car manufacturers are required to meet certain safety standards with every car they produce. Sometimes only after a vehicle is produced and sold, does it surface that a part or function of the car might not work properly and puts its drivers at risk. When this happens either the manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) will issue a recall on the car so that the defective portion can be repaired or replaced. Recalls generally do not mean that an entire car needs to be replaced.
Car manufacturers are required to notify consumers when their car is subject to a recall. Most commonly, this is done through sending letters in the mail, however, anyone can check which cars are currently the subject of safety recalls at anytime on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. Whether you get a letter in the mail or you check online, each recall will have its own set of instructions.
In most instances, the repairs can be done at a local dealership, and the manufacturer will pay for the repairs. If the car is not safe to drive, it will be noted on the recall notice, and it is important that all instructions on the notice are followed to prevent any accidents.
Car manufacturers are expected to produce cars that meet certain safety standards, but sometimes that doesn’t happen and this can cause serious accidents. If a defective part in your car or a car you were riding in as a passenger caused you to sustain an injury, you may be able to hold the manufacturer responsible. Call the experienced auto products liability attorneys at Adame Garza LLP today for a free consultation to discuss your case.