Sometimes vehicles have major defects to the point they may undergo recalls. A recall is where the manufacturer repairs the issue and gives it the green light to be driven again. But it is possible for underlying defects remain even after the repair. When this happens you can seek further action or additional repairs from the manufacturer or involved company. But what happens if you are injured because of the defective issue that was not fixed?
Generally, a manufacturer sends a recall warning to the owners of certain products that has defects that could cause harm. The recall warning gives the owner the option the following options:
- take the item to the manufacturer or a retailer who will fix it or
- get a refund on the price of the purchase
When it comes to cars the recall usually provides a free of charge repair for the defect. This is because of the ‘possible injurious functions’ with the defective part. The manufacturer or retailer will repair or replace the car and it is returned to the owner. In most cases the recall usually fixes the issue with little fuss during or after the repair.
Vehicle Recall Laws
Free recalls are available because of federal laws in place. Such laws give the product owner the right to repair and replacement of the defective part. The owner doesn’t need to pay for the issue and the manufacturer usually explains what type of fix is required. After the repair is complete the manufacturer will usually provide a date of repair as well as a contact number. The recall notice is sent by mail; the owner is expected to contact the manufacturer for a date and time. This allows the company to do the repairs or replacement on a specific date at a specific time.
If a recalled vehicle problem isn’t fixed and road users are injured or property damaged the company must compensate. In most cases this by settling the issue out of court through compensation that is fair or reasonable. Such compensation covers the medical bills and any additional property damage to the vehicle.