Each year, millions of vehicles are affected by manufacturer and design defects, presenting safety concerns for drivers and resulting in subsequent recalls across the country. Unfortunately, not all car owners know if their vehicles need to be recalled and repaired, which can pose a great hazard for them and their family. While manufacturers usually do a good job of sending letters to owners warning them about their cars, there are active ways to check for recalls online.
Using the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) VIN Look-Up tool, you can enter your car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) to find recalls over the past 15 years. This is especially useful if you are the second or third owner of the car, which most likely means the manufacturer of the car does not have your contact information. The tool can also be used to find recalls for other vehicles, such as motorcycles, and you can even receive email alerts for your vehicles that you own, in case a recall occurs in the future.
If your vehicle has been recalled, you need to contact your dealer or the manufacturer and schedule an appointment to get it fixed as quickly as possible. Repairs for recalls are free with a recall notice and most importantly, they fix issues which could cause harm to you and your family.
If you have been injured in a car as the result of a manufacturer or design defect, please contact our Colorado Springs personal injury lawyers at Clawson & Clawson, LLP today. Our injury lawyers have over 120 years of collective legal experience and have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients.
Call us now at (719) 602-5888 to schedule a free consultation with an attorney at Clawson & Clawson, LLP. We have locations in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Parker.