Recalls within the automobile industry are fairly common, although only a small percentage of vehicle defects result in serious injuries or deaths. Nevertheless, staying informed about a potential defect can mean the difference between life and death. If you receive a recall notification from your manufacturer or dealer, make sure to take care of the issue as soon as possible.
If you have reason to believe your automobile has a serious defect, file an official complaint with the NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI).
How to Search for Recall Information
For the latest car and motor vehicle recalls (including child safety seats, tires, and other accessories), visit the Safety Recalls portal maintained by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Its database of recalls covers recalls from 1966 to present, including motor vehicle-related consumer products, such as child safety seats, tires, and other products designed to be used with automobiles.
The NHTSA provides recall searches within the following automobile-related categories:
Additionally, you can subscribe to NHTSA's Recall Notification Email System. Consumers can select recall notifications about automobiles, tires, child safety seats, motorcycles, helmets, and/or school buses. You can even specify the make and model of up to four vehicles when setting notification preferences.
Additional Recall Sources from the U.S. Government
The following resources provide additional recall information:
When a Product Defect Causes Injuries: How to Get Legal Help
When your car or truck is recalled, the dealer and/or manufacturer will fix the problem free of charge or provide a refund. But if you have suffered injuries from a defective automobile, you may be entitled to compensation. The manufacturer may be held liable for any hospital bills, lost wages, suffering, or other expenses related to the injury. Contact an experienced lawyer for a consultation.
Contact a qualified product liability attorney to make sure your rights are protected.