Vehicle Safety Recalls: Who’s Affected?

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Do you have a vehicle that’s been affected by a safety defect that was not part of a recall?

Vehicle recalls are reported every year as the result of serious safety defects. In 2018, there were a total of 29.3 million vehicles recalled from 914 recalls and literally thousands of Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) issued by auto manufacturers to their service dealers.. Some safety defects can lead to serious accidents and injuries.

When recalls are announced, it gives vehicle owners some recourse, but it may be too late for people injured or killed by the defect. Automakers will typically cover the cost of any necessary repairs and may also extend the warranty of the vehicle.

But auto manufacturers are not required to inform owners when they issue a TSB and may not cover the cost of repairs related to the TSB, even though they often identify recurring issues that were overlooked when the cars were made.

But there are also safety defects that fall under the radar or outside the warranty period. Automakers may deny that a vehicle failure is the result of a manufacturer defect, leaving vehicle owners left to pay the bill for any needed repairs.

Do I Qualify?

You may qualify for this investigation under the following circumstances: 

  • Your vehicle has a safety defect that has not been part of a recall;
  • You or someone you know has been injured in a vehicle with a safety defect, even it is has been part of a recall;
  • Your vehicle has a safety defect but is outside of the warranty period; OR
  • Your vehicle has a failure that should be covered by the warranty, but it isn’t.

See if you qualify by filling out the free form on this page. 

Watch Scott Hardy from Top Class Actions discuss how vehicle recalls are made every year following serious safety vehicles defects.

What is a Vehicle Safety Defect?

Cars, trucks, and SUVs are typically recalled for two reasons: when there is part of the vehicle that does not comply with federal standards or when there is a defect in the vehicle that is safety-related.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines a safety defect “as a problem that exists in a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment that poses an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety, and may exist in a group of vehicles of the same design or manufacture.”

What are Examples of Vehicle Safety Defects?

Vehicle defects that are safety-related can vary. Here are some examples of what vehicle safety defects may look like:

  • Acceleration or deceleration problems
  • Airbags that deploy when they are not supposed to deploy or fail to deploy when they should
  • Battery issues that result in electrical fires
  • Collision avoidance technologies such as adaptive cruise control, early collision warning, emergency braking, and lane assist, to name a few, failing to work properly;
  • Cracked wheels
  • Fuel system problems that may cause fuel leakage or vehicle fires
  • Accelerator pedals that stick
  • Seats or seat backs that don’t work properly
  • Seats that may have defective seat belts
  • Any handling characteristics that make it difficult or impossible to control the vehicle
  • Windshields or glass roofs that spontaneously shatter
  • Windshield wipers that don’t work properly
  • Wiring systems that may cause a vehicle fire
  • Others

What are NOT Vehicle Safety Defects?

There are also a number of vehicle defects that are not safety related. These may include the following:

  • Air conditioners that don’t work properly
  • Excessive rust in nonstructural areas
  • Oil is consumed too quickly
  • Paint or other cosmetic defects
  • Radios that don’t work properly

Should You File a Defective Vehicle Lawsuit?

Vehicle safety defects can cause serious accidents that can result in severe injury and even death.

One such infamous defect is the GM ignition switch defect, which reportedly led to the death of at least 124 people and injured at least 275. The defective ignition switches would cause the vehicles to turn off and stall. If an accident occured at the same time, airbags would fail to deploy, making any potential injuries even more severe.

Automakers are responsible to know about such defects at the time that vehicles are being manufactured and before they lead to serious accidents and injuries.

Read more: Subaru Safety Defect Lawsuit Filed Over Bad Fuel Pump

If you own a vehicle that you believe has a safety defect and you are outside of the warranty period or you believe the defect should be covered by the warranty and it’s not, or you or a family member have been injured by a safety related defect, you may qualify to join this defective vehicle safety recall class action lawsuit investigation. 

Get help by filling out the free form on this page.

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Join a Free Vehicle Safety Recall Class Action Lawsuit Investigation

A vehicle that has a defect or several defects that a dealer is unable to repair after a reasonable number of attempts or time, may be a “lemon,” click here to see if you qualify for Lemon Law relief.

If you qualify, an attorney will contact you to discuss the details of your potential case at no charge to you.

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