How to find out if your vehicle has been recalled
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) keeps record of all automobiles that have been recalled by the manufacturer.
- Visit this page on SaferCar.gov.
- Enter your car’s VIN (vehicle identification number) which can be found on the inside of the driver’s side door or on the driver’s side dashboard near the windshield.
- Type in the Captcha text and hit submit.
Car Recalls Cause Deadly Auto Accidents in Texas
Millions of motor vehicles are recalled every year for defects, some of which are extremely dangerous and pose a risk of serious injury or death. Auto recalls can be extensive, affecting vehicle models for several years. One of the most recent extensive vehicle recall involved ignition switch defects in vehicles made by General Motors.
GM has come under Congressional scrutiny for failing to report serious problems with ignition switches that could turn off, causing a loss of power and subsequent loss of power steering and power brakes.
Other recent defect investigations involve many auto manufacturers and companies producing components for vehicles that have been found to pose a risk of injury or death due to defects, including:
- Fuel System
- Electrical System
- Power Train
- Other Components or Parts
Federal law (Title 49, Chapter 301) defines motor vehicle safety as,
“The performance of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment in a way that protects the public against unreasonable risk of accident occurring because of the design, construction, or performance of a motor vehicle, and against unreasonable risk of death or injury in an accident, and includes nonoperation safety of a motor vehicle.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risk in vehicles.
In December 2014, the NHTSA issued a recall of Graco car seats, the largest child seat recall in U.S. history. The defect involves buckles that stick or can become stuck in the latched position, potentially putting a child at extreme risk in an emergency situation.
Automakers are fined when they fail to timely report a defect. These fines may punish the manufacturer, but how does an injured individual get justice?
A critical first step is to connect with a seasoned auto product liability attorney for a case review and evaluation. The losses you suffered are individual to you and could include loss of life, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Our Texas Auto Recall Lawyers Help Injured Texans
Motor vehicle defect cases can be handled on an individual basis. Some injury cases related to defective motor vehicles, safety systems or parts are so extensive that they become subject to a class action. In either case, having your own product liability attorney is essential for fully protecting your rights.
At Herrman & Herrman, P.L.L.C., our legal team is recognized for our litigation skills, and we have recovered millions in damages for our clients over the years. We have personal injury law offices in Corpus Christi and the Rio Grande Valley in order to serve people across South Texas. Call us today for more information about filing a claim or lawsuit after an injury or death related to a defective auto or auto part. We stand ready to assist you immediately.
Call now for a free case evaluation.