Automaker Recalls Are Becoming Commonplace
Florida residents constantly rely on their vehicles to get them to and from their destinations. However, when those vehicles don't work the way that they should, it becomes much more challenging for us to stay safe during our travels. One issue that is becoming increasingly common is that of automaker recalls.
Automaker recalls are issued when a safety problem is found that affects a wide range of different vehicles. Over the last few years, it seems like a new recall is being issued or an existing one is being extended every week. The GM ignition switch recall is a perfect recent example of this, and it impacted millions of vehicles. However, we're now still in the middle of the largest auto recall in US history – the Takata Airbag Recall.
This particular recall involves the construction of airbags within the steering column and on the passenger side of vehicles. During an accident, the airbag can explode and send sharp, hard shrapnel flying throughout the passenger cabin of the car. This has led to death and to serious injury, and has caused the huge recall to occur. Already over 30 million vehicles are involved in the recall, and more are being added around the country and the world.
The Takata recall highlights just how dangerous defective products can be, and brings up a common question – what do you do if you're injured in an accident involving a recalled part?
Essentially, it depends on exactly when the accident occurred and what kind of information was available regarding the defective part. Here are the basics.
- If your accident and injuries occurred prior to the announcement of a recall, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your injuries from the auto manufacturer.
- If a recall was already in place and you had knowledge or there was ample time for you to be aware of the recall, you won't be able to seek restitution for your injuries.
The difference is obvious. If you have already been made aware of the issue or the issue was public knowledge for some time, courts will regard your failure to correct the issue as being a sign that you knowingly accepted the risks associated with the defective part.
It's important to note that even if your accident occurred months ago and a recall was only just announced, you could be able to prove that your injuries are likely the result of the defective part. A good personal injury lawyer will be able to review the specifics of your case and help make a determination about what steps to take to help get you the compensation that you're owed.
It's also vital to understand that if an auto recall has been issued that affects your vehicle, you need to take it to the nearest dealership in order to have it repaired. There will be no charge to you and you'll be able to stay safe. But if you're injured due to a faulty part, it's well worth thinking about seeking out help.
These basic points apply to other types of product recalls as well, from toys to cribs to electronic devices. But the consistent increase in auto recalls is far more dangerous than most other products, and deserves closer attention.
If you've been involved in an accident that was caused by or made worse by a defective auto part and a recall has recently been put into place involving that part, you owe it to yourself to contact a good Florida personal injury lawyer. Contact our offices today to set up a free initial consultation visit and find out more about what your options are.