Major automotive recalls often hit the news, but some drivers don’t learn about vehicle defects until it’s too late. If you are purchasing a used vehicle, it is critical that you take the time find out if the car was recalled for a dangerous defect.
There are three ways to research automotive recalls:
- Register the vehicle with the NHTSA;
- Check for recalls online using the Vehicle Identification Number; and
- Check with your insurance company.
Unfortunately, even the safest motor vehicle won’t make you immune to all accidents. If you were injured in a crash that another driver caused, turn to Morris Bart, LLC. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and non-economic damages.
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Let’s take a closer look at three ways to learn about vehicle recalls:
- Register the Vehicle with the NHTSA
Car owners in the United States can register their vehicles with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in order to receive automatic alerts about vehicle recalls. Whether you buy a new or used car, it is a good idea to register it with the NHTSA.
- Check for Recalls Online Using the Vehicle Identification Number
You can search for recalls by entering the car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) on the SaferCar.gov website. You can usually find the VIN in one of two places: either along the interior edge of the driver’s door or on the lower-left of the vehicle’s windshield.
- Check with Your Insurance Company
Some insurance companies provide a recall alert service as part of their insurance packages. It is in the insurance provider’s best interests to ensure that its policyholders know if their vehicles have been recalled; otherwise, there is a higher risk of drivers crashing and making claims. Check with your insurance company to find out if it offers this service.
What Happens after a Vehicle Safety Recall?
If the NHTSA or manufacturer issues a recall on your vehicle, then the manufacturer will offer to replace the part or vehicle, repair the defect or issue a refund. Typically, manufacturers repair minor issues, but a serious problem may warrant a vehicle replacement or refund.
Unfortunately, even the safest cars and best drivers can get in wrecks. If you were injured by a negligent motorist in Louisiana, contact a Lake Charles accident lawyer from Morris Bart, LLC.
Making a successful personal-injury claim is a legally complicated endeavor. It is in the insurance company’s best interests to offer the lowest possible payout, and many accident victims are left without the funds to pay for their medical bills and lost wages.
The legal team at Morris Bart, LLC will help you pursue the maximum compensation. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.