Auto makers build their cars with the best intentions in mind. Today’s cars are filled with the latest and greatest safety technologies designed to help prevent accidents and keep us protected when those accidents can’t be avoided. Unfortunately, defective components and improper manufacturing practices can creep into the car building process, leaving car buyers susceptible to dangerous failures and malfunctions that can lead to accidents.
In circumstances like these, recalls are issued to help remove the potential danger. When an automaker receives repeated reports of issues over a certain vehicular component, it will conduct a throughout investigation into the design and building process of the vehicle in question to determine the cause of the problem. When the defect in question is discovered, a plan for repair is created, most commonly the resupplying of replacement parts, and a recall is announced.
Recalls can cover issues as minor as improperly fastened windshield wipers or as major as leaky fuel hoses that may lead to explosive vehicle fires. In situations where defects pose a fairly minor danger to drivers, recalls will be issued encouraging owners to fix the problem at their nearest convenience. In cases of serious danger, some auto makers will even request that owners of affected vehicles cease operating them immediately.
Notices are issued shortly after the announcement of a recall, and owners are invited to visit the nearest participating dealership for the free fix of the issue. If the issue affects the normal operation of a vehicle, some car companies will even arrange for transportation of a recalled vehicle, or perform the fix at the owner’s place of residence. Some recalls will cover a part that is not widely enough in stock to allow for a full scale fix of the problem, in which case car makers will provide a subsequent notification to owners when replacement parts are made available.
If you have received a recall notice like this, it is important that you deal with the situation immediately. Even if the defect in question is largely minor and not affecting essential vehicular function, driving with a faulty component can pose a threat to your safety. If there is a defect in your wind shield wipers, for example, a failure to fix the issue would create real danger in the event of a rainstorm. Uncorrected issues may also influence the normal functioning of other components, creating an even more dangerous situation.
Disregarding a recall not only leaves you susceptible to danger, but seriously complicates your legal options in the event of an accident. If you are involved in a crash as a result of some kind of faulty equipment after having received notification of a recall, you’re ability to recover compensation for your damages will be greatly diminished. The liability in these cases cannot fall on the maker of your vehicle if you have received proper notice of a potential issue. To avoid this trouble and to give yourself the best chance for recovery in the event of an accident, take your vehicle into the nearest dealership and get it repaired as soon as your recall notice arrives in the mail.