Millions of automobiles are recalled every year in the United States due to safety defects or noncompliance with federal standards. Unfortunately, a vast number of consumers are unaware of defect issues and fail to have their vehicles appropriately checked or fixed to remedy the problem. The problem with defective vehicles being on the road is that they can take even a simple fender bender and turn it into a fatal accident that could have been entirely preventable.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a free, online search tool that will inform consumers of vehicle recalls. To find out if the car you own, lease or are interested in buying is directly affected by a recall, you just have to enter the vehicle identification number (VIN) into the new NHTSA search tool online and then you will instantly be updated with all relevant safety information regarding any defects or safety issues related to recalls.
In addition to the launch of the new search tool, motorcycle manufacturers and other light-vehicle makers are now required to provide VIN search capability for uncompleted recalls on their own websites. With the launch of the free online search tool and the new mandate, you will now have an easy and quick way to identify if your vehicle is safe for use.
Even the safest of drivers can end up in car accidents with other motorists. If you have been injured in a car accident and you believe your injuries may be a result of a defective vehicle, call a Villages Auto Accident Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton today at 352-369-5334 to schedule a free consultation with us. You can contact us online 24/7 to request more information.
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