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Common Auto Recalls

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What Are Auto Recalls?

Auto recalls, or car recalls, occur when a car manufacturer pulls their car from production and distribution due to some sort of vehicle defect. These usually have to do with some sort of product safety issue. They can also occur due to other reasons such as warning label defects, or issues with the car’s design.

What Are Some Common Auto Recalls?

In most cases, an automobile recall has to do only with a certain part or mechanism of the car, not the entire car itself. Some common subjects of auto recalls include:

  • Faulty brakes, tires, or wheels
  • Defects with front and side airbags
  • Issues with engine parts
  • Overheating and other technical defects
  • Electrical and internal computer defects
  • Issues with parts "sticking" (such as a gas pedal constantly getting stuck)
  • Various other defects

If a car is defective in any way, the manufacturer will usually issue a recall and alert the public that the car is being recalled. This can happen through news reports, newspaper listings, websites, and other means of notice.

Also, certain types of newer automobile technologies may be more subject to recalls than more established models. These may include:

  • Electric vehicles
  • Hybrid cars
  • Alternative fuel automobiles
  • Smartcars and smaller urban vehicles

What If I Have Been Injured by a Defective Car or Car Part?

Many auto recalls are begun because a consumer was injured due to a defect with the car. If you have been injured before a car recall has been issued, you may wish to report your case. You may need to file a claim with several entities, including:

  • The car manufacturer
  • The distributor or dealer where you bought the car
  • A mechanic, if the defect was due to faulty repairs (especially repairs obtained at the dealership)
  • Your insurance company
  • The court, if you wish to file a lawsuit

Many auto recalls can lead to class action lawsuits if it is found that the defect has affected or injured large groups of people. These can result in large settlements depending on the circumstances and facts.

Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with an Auto Recall Issue?

Automobile recalls can often involve serious issues that can potentially cause injuries or losses. You may wish to hire a personal injury lawyer if you need assistance with an auto recall case. Your attorney can help research your claim and can determine which laws might apply to your situation. Also, if you need to file a claim or a lawsuit, your lawyer can provide you with guidance and representation for your case.

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Last Modified: 04-08-2016 12:27 PM PDT

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