Every year, many individuals suffer injury or death as a result of defects in vehicles. Many of these cars are subject to active recall. Individuals may not always be aware that their car is subject to a recall. In fact, until recently, auto dealers selling used vehicles were not legally required to tell buyers whether the cars they were selling had been recalled. Manufacturers send letters to consumers, but sometimes these letters understate the risk. If you own a vehicle, it is important to periodically check your car’s VIN number against the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Safe Car database.
If you’ve suffered an injury or lost a loved one, and your car was subject to a recall, you may be entitled to a recovery for your injuries. The car accident lawyers at Hayes Law Firm LLC in Greenville, South Carolina may be able to assist you.
Recently, Anton Yelchin, the star of Star Trek was killed when his vehicle rolled after he had left his car. According to KPCC, investigators are looking into the reasons why the vehicle rolled away. His vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, may have been subject to a defect that led to the recall of 1.1 million vehicles.
The car’s gear shift can spring back to a default position after a driver puts the car in park or drive. Drivers can leave their cars, not realizing that the vehicle is still in drive. Without the safety brake engaged, the car can drift or roll.
While letters were sent to owners in accordance with NHTSA, it isn’t clear whether the actor opened the letter. Privacy laws prevent companies from contacting consumers by phone. Additionally, companies may not have current addresses for owners. In fact, many experts note that recall letters can be difficult to read and understand. Companies sometimes favor technical language and may not emphasize the real risk of the defect.
In fact, the language used in the actor’s recall letter emphasizes the problem. Here’s a phrase: “. . . unless due care is taken, drivers may draw erroneous conclusions about the status of their vehicles.” Even an English major might be left scratching his or her head with this one. What does “status” mean? Is this a car recall or a Facebook post?
The defect has resulted in 212 crashes and 41 injuries. The actor’s car was only recalled one week ago, despite the fact that the defect had been known for some time.
Auto makers are required to provide free repairs to remedy defects. They are also required to inform owners about defects in a timely manner. However, not all recalled vehicles are repaired.
If you’ve been hurt as a result of a defective vehicle or were involved in an accident that may be related to a vehicle defect, visit our auto accident injury website at www.greenvillehayeslawoffices.com. Many cars are currently subject to recalls. With so many defective cars on the road, many road users are at risk.

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