The Takata airbag recall has been highly publicized and is considered one of the most massive vehicle recalls in recent history. It involves 34 million vehicles across multiple manufacturers and brands, but it is just the tip of the iceberg on auto product recalls. Countless recalls have been issued on all types of auto products capable of causing serious or fatal car accidents and injuries.
According to Forbes and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), auto-related recalls went up to 22 million in 2013, a 25 percent increase from the previous year, making it the industry’s highest rate since 2004. CNN Money reports 2014 recall numbers hit a new record with more than 74.2 million vehicle recalls. In total, close to 100 million vehicles have been recalled in the past year and a half alone. What makes this statistic so frightening is the majority of the cars affected by these recalls have yet to be repaired.
What Happens If You Fail to Act Following a Recall?
CNN notes only about 12 percent of the vehicles covered under the Takata airbag recall have been repaired, according to a new survey, despite replacement parts being available and repairs being offered at no cost to consumers. This means millions of vehicle owners are unnecessarily exposing themselves to the danger of this potentially fatal airbag. Of the 254.7 million cars traveling along U.S. highways and roads, most multi-vehicle families have at least one vehicle that has been subjected to either the Takata airbag recall or some other recall.
Those who fail to act following a recall or delay getting necessary repairs done are putting themselves and others at risk. These drivers can be out of luck if an accident occurs. Courts, judges and insurance companies do not generally make decisions in favor of a vehicle owner, particularly when the auto manufacturer or parts supplier has made every attempt to make the recall known and the vehicle repaired. You will be leaving yourself with no grounds to file a lawsuit or claim, nor any way to seek damages, if you or someone you love ends up being injured or killed as a result of a recalled faulty component.
Minimizing Your Risk of Becoming an Accident Statistic
Should your vehicle be on the government’s or manufacturer’s list of recalled vehicles, you can minimize your risk of becoming an accident statistic or causing serious and fatal injuries to others by getting your vehicle repaired right away. Contact your dealership. Confirm your vehicle is covered under the recall. Schedule an appointment to get the repairs completed as soon as you possibly can, then follow through to get the problem fixed. You can also check the NHTSA website to find out if your vehicle has been subject to a recall.
If you or someone you love has suffered injury in a vehicle-related accident, which you believe was caused by a faulty or defective auto part, it is important you retain legal representation at once. Having a skilled South Carolina attorney at your side is key to protecting your interests and making it possible for you to pursue the compensation your injuries or loss make you eligible to receive.
• Forbes: Automakers With The Lowest (And Highest) Recall Rates
• CNN Money: 100 million car recalls since 2014
• Car and Driver: Honda Recalls 105K More Cars, But Too Many Owners Can’t Be Bothered to Get Them Fixed
• Safercar.gov: Keeping You Safe: Search Safety Issues: Recalls, Investigations & Complaints
• NHTSA: Recalls and Defects