There have been huge numbers of automobiles recalled in the U.S. in the last couple of years. Some recalls have been for minor issues, while some have been for huge and potentially deadly defects, including defective airbags and defective ignition switches. In spite of the huge numbers of recalled vehicles, only a small percentage of those vehicles have actually had the repairs done. There are many reasons car owners may choose to ignore recall notices, including a lack of time to get the repairs done, as well as underestimating how serious the problem with the vehicle is.
If you ever receive a recall notice for your vehicle, it’s vital that you get the repair done as soon as possible. If you fail to get your car repaired, you could potentially endanger the health and safety of you and your passengers, even if the vehicle is not in an accident. For example, some vehicles were recently recalled because they could catch on fire even when not in use.
Another problem with failing to get your car repaired is that if you were to sell it, and it was not repaired, you could open yourself up to legal liability for your failure to have it repaired. For example, if you knew it was recalled but you failed to do anything about it, you sold the vehicle to another person, and then he or she was in an accident because of the defect that you did not repair, you could potentially expose yourself to liability.
Yes, recall repairs can be a pain to take the time to deal with. However, they are free, and in some cases the dealership may be willing to provide alternative transportation if you need it while the repair is being done. If you are ever in an accident because of a defective automobile, call the Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm at 972-231-5800. We will provide you with a free consultation on your case. Call to learn more.