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Port Charlotte Drivers Be Aware, Thousands Of Vehicles Are Currently Being Recalled

On the heels of the Takata airbag recall, the largest recall in history, is a wave of automobile recalls. When a vehicle is recalled, it means that there is a significant safety risk to the drivers. In most cases, the National Highway And Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and vehicle manufacturers are made aware of the need for a recall after there has been an accident as a result. So it is really important that Florida residents pay close attention to vehicle recalls and have any issues repaired immediately.

What Is A Recalled Vehicle?



When a vehicle is recalled, it means that there is either a defective part or process that has created a safety issue. Recalls are either issued by the vehicle manufacturer or the NHTSA. A recall just means the manufacturer has recalled the vehicle to repair the issue. Typically, when there is a recall, they will contact all the owners of the vehicle with information about the recall and how to fix it. However, in cases of very large recalls, sometimes owners do not get notified until it is too late. Thus, it is important for your safety to monitor recalls on your vehicle to make sure that there isn’t a malfunction that could lead to injury.

Current Recalls That May Impact You



Currently, there are several recalls among a variety of makes and models including:

Jeep: Jeep issued a recall for 88,000 vehicles. This includes the Jeep Grand Cherokee L, Wagoneer, and Grand Wagoneer models for 2021. The recall was issued because of a software glitch that can disable the airbag.
Tesla: Tesla has recalled 12,000 vehicles in the United States. The recall affects all vehicles manufactured since 2017 including Model S, Model X, Model 3, and Model Y. The vehicles are being recalled after a software update that led to malfunctions with the driver assist. Learn more about the recall on the Tesla website.
Toyota: Toyota is recalling nearly 200,000 vehicles. The recall includes 2018-2019 Toyota Camry models. The vehicles are being recalled because a defect in the vacuum pump can disable the breaks. You can look up if your vehicle was impacted here.
Ram: Ram has recalled 220,000 diesel trucks. The recall impacts all 2019-2020 Ram 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 vehicles equipped with a 6.70-liter turbo diesel engine. The vehicles are being recalled because of a fuel pump malfunction that can lead vehicles to stall.
Volkswagen: Volkswagen is recalling 54,000 vehicles. The recall impacts 2021 models of the Atlas and the Atlas Cross Sport. The vehicles are being recalled because of issues with the water drainage tube. You can see if your vehicle is impacted on the VW website.

If you believe that your vehicle was impacted by one of these recalls, go to the NHTSA website. There you can enter your vehicle’s VIN number and search for any active recalls. Even if you do not see your vehicle here, it’s always a good idea to routinely check for recalls to ensure that you don’t get into an accident.

Why You Need To Have Your Recalled Vehicle Fixed Immediately



When your vehicle has been recalled it's critical to have it repaired immediately. Do not worry, under both federal and Florida state laws, the vehicle manufacturer has to pay for any repairs of recalled vehicles. Repairing your vehicle right away will help keep you safe and prevent any accidents. Furthermore, if you are in an accident with a vehicle that has been recalled, it complicates liability. If a vehicle manufacturer proves that they tried to inform you about the recall, then you will not be compensated for any injuries as a result of the recall. Further, if the recall leads to an accident and you were informed and did not fix it, you are liable for the damages.

If your vehicle has been recalled, make sure to get it fixed immediately. However, if you have been in an accident prior to a recall, an attorney is your best asset. They will connect your accident to the recall part and help find all the evidence to prove your claim. They will also fight to ensure that you get full and fair compensation under the law. Learn more by calling our Port Charlotte team at All Injuries Law Firm for a free consultation and to learn more.

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