One of the good things about buying a new car is the peace of mind that comes with that new-car smell. When you drive off the lot in Orlando, you don’t think you’ll be contacting personal injury attorneys anytime soon. You’re not thinking of a car accident from exploding airbags, defective tires, or faulty ignition switches.
But car safety recalls are setting a record high for the fourth year in a row. And they affect as many as 60 million people, or more than one in four drivers. These people are driving around in vehicles at risk for causing a car accident because of unfixed safety recalls.
It’s gotten to the point where the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is promoting the idea that car owners should use the switch from daylight savings time as a reminder to check if your car has been recalled, the way you check the batteries in your smoke alarm. It’s good advice too, because manufacturers announce an alarming number of recalls every week.
Vehicle Safety Recalls are Common
The latest recalls include General Motors 2015-2016 GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado trucks, and 2016 Chevrolet Volt cars. These recalled vehicles may have defective airbags that might not work in a car accident. More than a million Ford pickup trucks, models F-150 through 550, may have defective latches that cause the truck’s doors to open while moving. There are A LOT of cars on the recall list and you can check to see if yours is one at the NHTSA Safety Issues and Recall Site. Or you can call the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.
Recalled, defective cars can cause serious car accident injuries. Faulty airbags can lead to neck and head injury, spinal cord damage or back injury. If you need a Central Florida personal injury lawyer, contact the Orlando car accident attorneys at Martinez Managlardi. Call 407-846-2240 for a free consultation.