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How to Determine if Your Vehicle Has Been Subject to a Recall—And What to Do About It

In 2009 alone, 30,000 individuals were killed on U.S. roadways. Every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, injuries, deaths, and accidents cost U.S. citizens an estimated $230 billion in medical costs, insurance fees, and lost wages. One way that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration works to make roadways safer every year is to ensure that unsafe cars are taken off the road through recalls.

Unfortunately, not all individuals who own cars subject to a recall may be aware that their car has been recalled. While companies are required to notify individuals about a recall, buyers of used cars may not be told that a car has been recalled. For one, individuals sometimes don’t open the letters from the companies when they arrive. Many assume that the letters are sales pitches and not important notifications. And, for the consumers who do open these letters, companies will often downplay the seriousness of the recall in the letter.

To make matters more complicated, there is currently no law that requires used car sellers to disclose recalls. Individuals may need to research their car’s history before purchasing to make sure it is safe. According to the Washington Post, one in seven cars in the U.S. is currently subject to a recall. With the largest recall in U.S. history currently making national news, individuals may be wondering what they can do to protect their families from the personal injury risk of these defective vehicles.

One way owners can check if their car has been subject to a recall is to put their car’s VIN number into an online national database. The system will cross-reference your VIN with the VINs of all recalled cars and let you know if your car poses a personal injury danger. If the car is subject to a recall, owners can contact a local auto dealer to schedule repairs. The auto dealer will be required to perform the necessary repairs for free and will even loan you a replacement car during the time it takes to finish the repairs.

Sadly, the recall process in the U.S. can be lengthily and involve large-scale bureaucracy. Drivers who get injured in defective cars may not even realize that they could hold the automaker accountable for their injuries. Personal injury is costly both emotionally, physically, and financially. Victims often miss time at work, face long recovery periods, and face high medical bills.

Fortunately, the law protects personal injury victims by affording them the right to seek compensation from negligent parties for their injuries. If you have been injured in a car accident due to a defective vehicle, or due to another driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The Drescher Law Firm, L.L.C. is a firm serving the people of Charleston, South Carolina. We focus exclusively on helping seriously injured individuals and their families seek justice following their personal injury accidents.

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Scott Drescher, Personal Injury Lawyer in Charleston SC. imageMr. Drescher's knowledge and experience in the field of personal injury and wrongful death law have made him an outstanding personal injury and wrongful death attorney in South Carolina. He understands the thinking process of juries, due in part to his educational background in psychology and sociology. He is experienced in trying large civil cases, which has helped him become a very successful trial attorney in Charleston and the surrounding areas.
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