Types of vehicle recalls

When safety defects on vehicles are identified, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues recalls to get the dangerous cars and trucks off New York roads. Recalls are actually quite common, as the NHTSA has recalled more than 390 million vehicles for various safety defects and faulty vehicle components since 1966.

There are two general types of recalls. The first type of recall is initiated by the manufacturer when a safety defect is identified. In many cases, a manufacturer-initiated recall can involve multiple makes and models especially if they all share the same faulty or dangerous component. The registered owners of the recalled vehicles will receive a letter from the manufacturer detailing when, where and how the problem will be corrected. Otherwise, vehicle owners who believe their vehicle may have a safety issue can report the problem to the NHTSA. The agency will analyze the complaint and may open an investigation that could result in a recall.

Drivers can search to see if their vehicle has been recalled by going to the government website. Once they are aware that their vehicle has been recalled, it is important that they get the dangerous or faulty part fixed as soon as possible. If they fail to take their vehicle in to be fixed, a subsequent accident claim could be denied due to negligence.

An auto defect can cause a serious car accident, resulting in life-altering or even life-threatening injuries. If it was found that the defective or faulty auto part was the cause of or contributed to the accident, those who were injured could seek compensation from the manufacturer of the vehicle and the manufacturer of the defective part. A products liability attorney may assist with determining who should be held financially responsible.

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