The second article (Conducting Car Recalls, Providing Safer Roads to Drivers - Part 2) discussed the steps that manufacturers need to take before conducting a car recall. They will have to make and file a public report, find the equipment or vehicle owners, and provide these people with a notification letter.
Following these steps will enable manufacturers to conduct a well-organized recall. In addition, they will also be able to prevent consumers from being involved in a car accident, which may result in serious or fatal injuries.
However, there may be instances when accidents have already happened before the manufacturer became aware of the car defect. If this is the case, victims can take legal action against the manufacturing company with the help of a Los Angeles car accident attorney.
In order for manufacturers to avoid facing costly and time consuming lawsuits, which can also cause irreparable damage to their reputation, they should take necessary actions in order to make sure that the vehicles they are going to sell to the people are safe to use. Vehicles should be tested and inspected several times in order to determine if they have defects.
When a vehicle is recalled, the manufacturer will have to effectively repair any defect it may have for free. NHTSA strictly monitors the conduct of manufacturers during this process in order to make sure that they will abide by the standards imposed by it.
Manufacturers are free to choose what kind of remedy they will use, as long as it can effectively correct the safety problem. Here are some examples of remedies they are entitled to choose from:
- Repairing the defect
- Replacing the defective equipment or vehicle
- Repurchasing the defective equipment or vehicle
If your vehicle was purchased over 10 years ago, it may no longer be included in the recall. This means the manufacturer may not have to repair or replace the vehicle, even if it possesses certain defects. In this case, you will be required to shoulder expenses of your own car repair or replacement.
In addition, the manufacturer may not also be required to reimburse you for:
- Expenses that were incurred due to the need to fix your car before the recall was announced
- Damages that were directly caused by such defect
If you spotted the defect and repaired it before the recall, you can still contact the manufacturing company in order to inform it about your situation. The manufacturer may still reimburse the money you have spent for the repair, but may refuse to do so if it will cause financial problems for the company.