Is your vehicle the subject of a recall? What You Need to Know and Do

Tim Miley
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Injury Lawyer, Author, & Owner of The Miley Legal Group

You’ve just received a notice that your vehicle is the subject of a recent recall and you aren’t sure what to do. Once you receive this notice, you’ll have to take steps to correct the hazard or defect that prompted the recall.

New Requirements for Recall Notices

You should receive recall if you registered your vehicle through the manufacturer. In February 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) instituted new labeling requirements to make it easier for consumers to recognize safety-related recalls in the mail.

These notices must include a label that states, “Important Safety Recall Information,” in red. Underneath should be the words, “Issued in Accordance with Federal Law,” and include logos for the NHTSA and the U.S. DOT (Department of Transportation) in black letters.

The recall notice will indicate:

  • the specific defect;
  • risks or hazards associated with it;
  • a remedy; and
  • instructions on what to do next.

Never dismiss a safety-related recall as the hazard might increase the risk of an accident or injuries in the event of one. If unsure about a recall or if you never received a notice but want to find out if your vehicle is subject to a recent recall you saw on the news, check online at NHTSA’s Safercar website.

What to Do if Your Vehicle is the Subject of a Recall

Contact your local dealership to get the repairs done as soon as possible. Even if you purchased the vehicle from a private owner, dealerships must provide a fix free of charge. The manufacturer pays dealerships to do the repairs.

If the dealership tries to charge for the repairs or refuses to fix them, contact the manufacturer to file a complaint. Also make sure the dealership isn’t adding additional repairs that have nothing to do with the recall. The manufacturer will not cover these additional repairs.

Of course, if you were to learn that a safety-related defect caused your accident and you or a loved one suffered serious or fatal injuries, then you should take another step. Contact an attorney to learn about your legal rights and options. Call the Miley Legal Group at 304-931-4088 or use our online contact form.

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