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What You Need To Know About Auto Recalls

Regular vehicle maintenance is a key part of not only making sure your investment works for years, but that you and your family stay safe. And while taking routine maintenance steps is important, the American motorist is facing a surprising new challenge – regular recalls. Auto recalls have a big impact on the way that we drive, and just looking at issues over the last few years can show you perfect examples of that. Consider some of the latest recall numbers:

  • • More than 32 million recalls occurred in 2015
    • 64 Million vehicles in the US were recalled in 2014, a record
    • 27 million recalls were involved in the GM ignition switch problem that caused 124 deaths
    • The Takata airbag recall led to a massive fine of more than $70 million dollars
    • Countless class action lawsuits have led to large payouts to those injured in recalls

In fact, that Takata recall is expected to continue to cause problems for years as replacement parts become more difficult to locate – as of November, only about 41% of the airbags included in the recall have actually been recalled, according to Honda.

So what do you need to know about auto recalls as they relate to you and any potential injuries you may have sustained? There are a few key points worth understanding.

  • • If you were involved in an accident prior to a recall taking place or shortly after one occurring but before you were aware of the issue, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your injuries.
  • • If you knew about a recall but failed to take steps to correct the issue, it’s much harder to prove that you deserve compensation. The reason is simple – by ignoring the problem you act in a negligent manner, which absolves the automaker of the responsibility and places it on your shoulders instead.
  • • When a recall occurs, it’s important to immediately seek out repair for your vehicle so you can keep yourself safe.
  • • If you’ve already been involved in an accident, speaking to an attorney should be your first step.

That last point is important no matter what the situation. Even if a recall occurred months before your accident, there is a chance that you weren’t aware of it. Sometimes things just happen. But actually proving that can be difficult, and having a good auto accident lawyer on your side is the key to making sure that your rights are represented.

Class action lawsuits are usually the most common way to seek compensation, and several are already taking place concerning various recalls over the last several years. Even if it has been years since your accident, there’s still a chance that you have the grounds to seek compensation as long as it can be shown that you weren’t acting negligently by ignoring a recall.

These issues apply to virtually any type of product recall, it should be noted. Auto recalls get the most press because they’re the most plentiful and common. But everything from a toy recall to a ceiling fan recall could impact your life and your health, and could lead to similar circumstances. Finding a professional and learning more about your options is the key to remember.

If you’ve been injured in an accident related to a vehicle or product that was recalled, you may be able to get restitution for your injuries. We can help. Our offices are located throughout Florida, and we have decades of experience in these types of cases. Contact us to find out more about what your rights are and what steps could help you get what you’re owed.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

What You Need To Know About Auto Recalls

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