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Getting To The Bottom Of Auto Recalls

A lot of research goes into purchasing a car in the state of Florida. You’ll want a vehicle that meets your daily needs, that remains economical, that is safe for your family and yourself, and one that is built to last. With all of the preparation that goes into purchasing a new vehicle, it’s no surprise that many feel defeated when they learn their vehicle is facing a recall a couple of years down the line. Defective products can be dangerous, and this rings particularly true when that defective product is a car you trust to keep you and others on the road safe.

Auto recalls are not rare occurrences, and it seems we see more and more of these recalls hitting the state of Florida as the years go on. It’s not surprising, with the many technological and electronic elements that go into vehicles in today’s modern age, there is a lot of room for things to go wrong. If a vehicle defect has lead to an accident, particularly a serious accident, you are likely entitled to compensation to cover the damages associated with your injuries, lost work wages, and more.

What Are Car Recalls And How Do They Work?

Vehicles aren’t recalled for no reason, and they occur when an auto maker or the NHTSA determine that a car model has a defect that causes a safety risk on the road. When this occurs, the automaker will alert owners of that particular model or models, and a repair will typically be offered free of charge.

However, it takes time for these recalls to occur, and in the meantime these defects can leave drivers vulnerable to accidents. Automakers are required to notify owners of the affected vehicle and will typically do so through sending letters in the mail.

Your recall letter will include a few different points, some of these include:

• A full description of the automobile defect.
• The risk or hazard that is caused by the defect.
• Warning signs of the defect.
• How the manufacturer plans to fix the problem or defect to return the vehicle to a safe state.
• Instructions regarding what you should do next to have your defect repair completed.

In some instances, a person may not receive a letter. While manufacturers try to reach out to all owners of a particular model of vehicle, this isn’t always possible. If you do own a model of vehicle that has been the subject of a recall, but you haven’t received a letter, you may check the NHTSA website to see what your next steps may be. Whether you have received a letter or not, you will still be able to get the defect repaired free of charge.

Having your vehicle recalled is not something that any automobile owner looks forward to. Afterall, having to get your vehicle fixed and learning your car was a potential hazard on the road is a big inconvenience. It’s important to remember that while not all automobile defects are an immediate hazard, but that doesn’t mean you put off your repairs. These defects can become serious hazards very quickly, and it’s best to be safe rather than sorry.

If your auto accident was caused by a defect in your vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you to navigate the waters of an auto recall, and ensure your damages are covered.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

Getting To The Bottom Of Auto Recalls

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