If a vehicle manufacturer recalls a vehicle, it is typically for some type of defective part or mechanical problem. In many cases, these vehicles are involved in some type of accident that triggers the recall. Once your car is recalled, it is important that you get it repaired as soon as you can, although that is not always possible. The following are some things you can do to keep yourself safe if you have to drive your vehicle before you can take it in for a recall:
In many cases, vehicle manufacturers do not notify everyone individually when there is a recall on a vehicle. In order to know what is going on, you need to pay attention to the news relating to the make and model of your vehicle. To do this, you can simply listen to the news each night, as major recalls are often reported on. You can also sign up for the manufacturer's email newsletter to get regular news about your vehicle.
Plan An Inspection
After you have been notified of a recall, you need to take it in for an inspection at the dealership. If you do not have time for the full repair right away, you need to at least have it looked over to ensure you can drive it temporarily until you have an opportunity to bring it in for the recall. Understand that you may be advised not to drive it after the initial inspection, depending on the nature of the recall. You should also be aware that once your vehicle is in for repair, you could be without it for several days. If you require a rental car, you may be able to get one through the manufacturer of your vehicle.
Recall-Related Accidents—What Do You Do?
In the event you are in an accident before you were notified about a recall, there are several things to you. First, get medical attention, even if you do not feel like you are injured. Secondly, you need to contact your attorney, such as Carter & Fulton, P.S., and let him or her know what happened. You also need to contact the manufacturer of your vehicle. If your car caused damage to someone else because of the recall, your attorney will work to get the damages diverted from you to the manufacture of the defective car. They will prove that the damage or defect in the car is the cause of the accident rather than an action that you took.
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