Safety driving is the wish of every car owner, and they expect nothing less from manufacturers than a vehicle that is in good or perfect condition. However, having a defect in a vehicle is not an uncommon thing, but car buyers expect it to be handled effectively by investigating exhaustively and getting a lasting solution within the shortest time possible. Safety recall can be ordered by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or independently conducted by the vehicle manufacturers themselves.
Manufacturer Recall Notifications
Manufacturers need to notify vehicle owners with their brand cars about the recall. Manufacturers will have to provide their records of car buyers and compare with the existing information by state vehicle registration. State registration records do not include any information about the equipment and the manufacturers are obligated to inform their known purchasers and distribution chain of the recalled equipment. However, you will be provided a free solution or service whether you get a notification or not if there is an independent safety recall by the manufacturer involving your vehicle.
Vehicle manufacturers that have had recalls between 2000 and 2008 include BMW, Toyota, Nissan, Dodge and Honda. Most recently NHTSA has investigating customers’ complaints concerning Fiat Chrysler manufacturers because of their strangely longer repair periods for defective as well the recalled vehicles. Chrysler was criticized for scoring 3% recall completion rate on luxurious Jeep SUV in spite of the two years period the company had to respond. In 2014, Toyota parted with $1.2 billion which they had to pay the Justice Department for allegedly covering evidence about a dangerous unintentional problem that their vehicles had with the acceleration. General Motors (GM) on the other hand is faced with a federal criminal probe over an alleged longer period to disclose ignition defects in their vehicles. However, these defects are not necessarily the manufacturers` intentions since they also rely on parts from other suppliers, as was the case for GM where they were using the ignition switches produced by Delphi. The Takata airbags suppliers is another case that led to recalls due to faulty airbags.
Recent Headlining Recalls
Dodge Ram has been reported to have a left tie rod assembly defect. This defect can cause a loss of control increasing the odds of an accident. Owners of these vehicles should consult with NHTSA’s recall lookup tool to see if your particular vehicle is affected.
There are three known separate recalls for this defect. More than 700,000 vehicles in the Dodge Ram line produced from 2003 to 2008 have problems with a left-tie rod assembly. Affected models include the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500. Later recalls also identified problems with Ram 4500 and 5500 vehicles produced with model years 208 through 2012.
Jeep Grand Cherokee & Dodge Viper:
A combined total of 750,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees in 2002 – 2004, Dodge Vipers in 2003 & 2004, and other vehicles were recalled after it was discovered that the side airbags could deploy without warning. Also affected by this issue and identified in a separate recall are Grand Cherokees from 2014 and 2015.
GM Inspired recalls:
After GM had various recalls due to an ignition switch defect, go here for the full GM recall information– three recalls that address this particular issue surfaced. This defect can cause the ignition switch to move out of the “on” position while the vehicle is in use. 700,000 Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans identified by 2008 to 2010 model years have been recalled due to ignition switch problems. Furthermore, more than 640,000 vehicles, the 2006 & 2007 Jeep Commander and Jeep Grand Cherokee, were also recalled. 2009 to 2010 Dodge Journey vehicles are also identified as affected vehicles.
Defects Should Not Be Taken Lightly
As the summer progresses and people want to get on the road for road trips, it is important to be aware of vehicles that may have been recalled if you are renting a car or otherwise. Summer time drivers are faced with several dangers in recalled vehicles. An accident can happen without warning, however, in the case of vehicles that should have been recalled, worst case scenarios of losing a family member or a friend could have been avoided. Drivers will also suffer financial loss as a result of an accident, which means they might never get full compensation if the necessary procedure is not followed or if you do not have qualified legal representation. Vehicle defects should never be taken lightly.
Dealing with an accident involving a recalled vehicle is not an easy task and requires a qualified and experienced legal team.