Defective Vehicle Equipment: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 2)
October 27, 2014
Picking up from where Defective Vehicle Equipment: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1) left off, here we will resume this discussion.
More Important Info about Defective Vehicle Equipment
Fact 3 – When recalls of defective vehicle equipment have been issued, manufacturers must cover the repair costs.
If your vehicle has never been the subject of a recall, then you may not be aware of the fact that, when these recalls for defective vehicle equipment occur, the manufacturer responsible for making the defective equipment will also be responsible for paying for the repair costs associated with fixing this equipment.
Here, it’s also important to point out the facts that:
- People can be reimbursed for the costs of repairing recalled defective vehicle equipment if they end up paying for these fixes out of pocket.
- Vehicle owners who have been harmed by defective vehicle equipment will also have legal recourse for obtaining compensation for their injuries and losses caused by the defective vehicle equipment.
Fact 4 – It’s not uncommon for manufacturers to drag their feet in issuing recalls for defective vehicle equipment.
This may be one of the most tragic and distressing facts about defective vehicle equipment, but it is, nonetheless, true. Unfortunately, in some cases, the manufacturers responsible for putting defective vehicle equipment on the road can be very reluctant to issue recalls for this equipment, increasing the risk to public safety and human lives. This is apparent in two of the biggest recalls that have been issued in 2014:
- The recall for defective Takata airbags – Most recently, the recall of the defective Takata airbags underscore this fact, as recent findings from a New York Times investigation have revealed that both Takata and Honda were aware of the serious problems associated with these airbags and yet neither company made any effort to take decisive action to protect consumers by issuing a recall.
- The recall for the defective GM ignition switches – Similarly, in the massive GM ignition switch recall that occurred earlier this year, various investigations have revealed that GM officials may have known about the problems with this defective vehicle equipment for as long as a decade before responding by issuing a recall.
Such delays in issuing recalls for defective vehicle equipment are a form of negligence that creates an unnecessary risk of injury and death to the public.
For the final two facts about defective vehicle equipment, be sure to look for the upcoming conclusion to this blog series!
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