The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the department that sets the standard of vehicles. Vehicle manufacturers must obey the guidelines that the NHTSA has put in place. When a vehicle does not meet a certain criteria or is defective in some way then it must be recalled. While NHTSA sets the standards of vehicles the vehicle companies are the ones that usually make the recall. However, there are times when the NHTSA has to prompt the car company to issue a recall.” That being said the vehicle companies have the responsibility to inform NHTSA, dealerships, owners and distributors to make a recall. Do restrictions exist?
Restrictions on Vehicle Recalls
There are restrictions on which vehicles can be recalled. For example, in most cases a vehicle must not be more than 10 years old when the recall was issued. If the vehicle is older than 10 years it isn’t eligible to be repaired with no cost to the owner. So if the recall was issued in the year 2010. Vehicles between the year 2001 and 2010 are to be repaired for free if the vehicle was purchased as new. However, if the vehicle is older than 10 years the owner has to get it repaired at their own expense.
Despite this is the case, it is strongly recommended that a vehicle owner gets the vehicle repaired after a recall. This is no matter how old a vehicle is. Recalls are made when there exists a defect in a specific model of vehicle. Failure to repair such defects may cause major problems and make the vehicle unsafe to operate. It is better to fix the problem than let the issue become one that causes an accident.
When a vehicle is recalled for defects and injuries occur it is best to speak to a car accident attorney. The attorney will provide legal advice and representation.