Steps to Take if Your Vehicle is Recalled

In recent months, recalls for defective vehicles seem to be a weekly occurrence. Problems ranging from ignition switches to airbags have resulted in serious and fatal injuries, prompting the recall of millions of vehicles – both older and new – from every major auto manufacturer. Due to the risks associated with these vehicles, taking action as soon as you receive a recall notice is essential. But what should that action be?

There is really only one step to take when you receive a recall notice: call the closets dealership who sells your make and model to schedule an appointment. Repairs for vehicle defects should be free of charge and all authorized dealers are required to perform them – even if they did not sell the vehicle being serviced. However, any repairs or maintenance not related to the recall will incur out-of-pocket expenses. Be sure to get all work in writing and only agree to those repairs that you feel are necessary.

A recall is not a shield against liability. If you or someone you love sustains injury due to a vehicle defect, you may be entitled to damages even if a vehicle has been recalled. The best way to learn if you have cause to file suit is through a one-on-one consultation with the personal injury attorneys at Van Dorn & Curtiss.

If you live in Vermont or New Hampshire and are in need of a personal injury attorney, please contact the Law Offices of Van Dorn & Curtiss today to schedule your free consultation.


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