In the past five years, the number of recalls has risen astronomically. The surge in recalls has caused a numbing effect on consumers, leading to recall fatigue. Car recalls are at an all time high and federal statistics show 30% of recalled vehicles remain unrepaired, which means 30% of cars driving on U.S. roadways have safety issues.
The Takata air bag recall remains one of the highest recalls of all time. It involved over 19 different automakers and affected over 42 million vehicles. The massive recall happened after the exploding air bags were linked to at least five deaths and over 64 serious injuries. It’s projected that the number of affected vehicles will rise to around 65-70 million since more air bags are scheduled to be recalled in 2019.
Product Recall: A Growing Trend
In 2016 alone, there were 927 recalls involving over 53,000,000 vehicles. Many of these recalled vehicles will not get fixed, posing serious safety hazards to everyone on the road. National Safety Council studies reveal that recalled used cars are the most likely to remain unfixed. The compliance rate on vehicles that are at least five years old was only 44% compared to the newer vehicle compliance rate of 83%. Owners are more likely to have their vehicle fixed if the issue is severe; however, not all vehicles are fixed.
While it is easy to not pay attention to recalls, especially when there are so many of them, a recall means there is a safety issue. Consumers need to pay attention to recalls and take them seriously to protect themselves and others. When there is a recall, repairs are free.
Fight recall fatigue and actively participate when you get a recall notice. You can practice preventative measures and check your Vehicle Identification Number to see if your vehicle has an outstanding recall on it, especially if you purchased your car used.
Checking your VIN is easy:
1. Visit https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/
2. Type in your VIN – (Your VIN is a 17 digit number that can be found on your car, the registration paperwork or your insurance card)
3. Results will show outstanding recalls conducted in the last 15 years
Even if your car is not recalled, but you notice something seems wrong, mention it to the automaker’s customer service department. If you do not report a problem, it may not get investigated.
Hurt by a Defective Product? A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
While consumers hold some responsibility to help protect themselves when they are notified of a recall, even the most diligent consumers can still find themselves hurt by a defective product or faulty vehicle. At Burnetti, P.A., we look at each individual case and are dedicated to helping clients who have been injured of no fault of their own. Fill out our no-risk case evaluation to learn more today.