Remedies for Car Defects and Recalls

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Who Decides to Recall a Defective Vehicle or Part?

Vehicles (including cars, SUVs and motorcycles) are often recalled for safety reasons.   These recalls are instigated by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) or by the vehicle manufacturer after discovering a defect in the design or manufacturing of part or all of a vehicle. 

What Happens if My Vehicle is Recalled in Whole or Part?

If your vehicle or part of your vehicle is recalled, the manufacturer is required by federal law to notify all registered owners and purchasers by first class mail, using state vehicle registration information to locate the owners.   Additionally, the manufacturers must provide you with a free solution to the problem posed by the recall.  This remedy may be in the form of a new vehicle, free installation of new parts, or money. 

Are There Time Limitations for Recall Remedies?

There may be time limitations on remedies available under a recall.  If the vehicle now being recalled is more than eight years old, the owner may have to make the repairs himself. 

Do I Need a Lawyer for my Vehicle Recall Issue?

If a car manufacturer is unwilling to comply with the terms of the recall, you may be able to sue.  An experienced consumer protection attorney can help you determine if you have a case and can represent you in court.

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Last Modified: 02-11-2013 02:31 PM PST

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