What Is A Defective Auto Parts & Recall?
A motor vehicle recall can be initiated by the auto manufacturer or it can be ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Vehicle recalls are typically issued in one of two situations:
- A safety-related defect is discovered in the vehicle or equipment/parts used on the vehicle; or,
- A motor vehicle or any item used to build/equip the motor vehicle (i.e. tires, seat belts, etc.) do not comply with a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard.
Common defects that result in auto recalls include:
- Defective airbags
- Seatbelt defects
- Brake problems
- Defective Tires
- Problems with the accelerator pedal
- Risk of rollover
- Flaws with the seatbacks
Regardless of the reason for the auto recall, the manufacturer is required by law to file a public report providing all relevant details of the recall and take steps to notify the owners of recalled vehicles. The recall notice must describe the problem; explain the risk or hazard; describe the free remedy; and, what the owner should do if the owner is unable to have the defect corrected within a reasonable time and without charge.
Because recall notices do not always make it to the current owner, if you feel something is not right with your vehicle, you can check the NHTSA website for a list of recalled vehicles.
Reasons Why You May Need To File A Defective Auto Parts & Recall Lawsuit
As Defective Auto Parts & Recall attorneys, we have seen the devastation caused by dangerous vehicle defects. Defective vehicles put everyone at risk whether they are the driver, passenger, or bystander. When someone is injured by a defective vehicle, regardless of whether an auto recall has been issued, that person is entitled to receive compensation for his or her economic and non-economic damages.
Depending on the factors of your auto recall case, you may be entitled to receive compensation for:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Past, current, and future lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity and opportunities
- Physical pain, mental anguish, and emotional suffering
- Loss of consortium, companionship, support, and guidance
- Physical therapy
- Ongoing personal care
- Home and/or vehicle accessibility modifications
- Funeral, burial, and/or cremation expenses, if applicable
If a party or its insurance company fails to act fairly to compensate an auto recall accident victim, you may need to file a lawsuit. Our auto manufacturer recall attorneys have extensive experience assisting clients when auto manufacturers refuse to take responsibility for injuries caused by a defective vehicle.
Consult With Defective Auto Parts & Recall Attorneys Before You Accept A Settlement Offer
Your claim may be worth more than you are being told; therefore, you want to consult with Defective Auto Parts & Recall attorneys before you agree to a settlement.
Call Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey& Fronrath at (561) 655-1990 or (800) 654-2024 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your claim before you agree to any settlement or sign any documents related to your claim.