Recent Car Recalls
The majority of car accidents are caused by driver error, such as inattention, speeding, or tailgating. However, defective parts also cause their fair share of accidents. To check whether or not your car might be a danger to drive, you should pay attention to manufacturer recalls. Generally, manufacturers will recall their cars when they become aware of a problem that compromises the safety of drivers and passengers. If your car has been recalled, you should contact the manufacturer for information about repairing it, and you should contact a lawyer if your defective car has caused an accident.
Volkswagen Recalls over 200,000 Cars
Yahoo News reported on May 14, 2018 that Volkswagen intends to recall about 220,000 new Polo vehicles because of a defect in the rear seat belt lock. Another 191,000 cars from the Seat subsidiary will also be recalled for the same reason. In certain situations, the left rear seatbelt can release, which will endanger passengers. Volkswagen will roll out the recall in the coming weeks.
BMW Issues Recall
BMW has recently recalled hundreds of thousands of cars, fast on the heels of a recall of 36,000 cars in 2017. The most recent recall will affect the BMW 1 Series and 3 Series because these cars can cut out while being driven. The most recent recall should affect about 312,000 cars.
Mercedes Benz Recalls Smart Cars
The smart car revolution is off to a rocky start with Mercedes-Benz recalling around 43,000 cars out of concerns about fires in the engine compartments. Mercedes-Benz became aware of 27 fires that had started in the engine compartment due to the mat contacting hot exhaust system parts. At least one person has been injured because of the defect. The recall will begin in July 2018. Owners of vehicles affected by the recall are eligible to have the mat replaced free of charge.
Check for the Latest Recalls Online
For the latest information on car recalls, you can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. At the website, you will be able to search for the following:
- Motor vehicle recalls
- Child safety seat recalls
- Tire recalls
- Motor vehicle equipment recalls
- School bus recalls
You can also sign up for NHTSA’s email notification which will send recall information directly to your inbox.
You can also helpfully report a vehicle or equipment defect at the same website. Click on the appropriate link and provide the following information:
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
Has a Defective Car Injured You? Speak to a Brooklyn Car Accident Attorney
Accidents caused by defective automobiles require an experienced lawyer who understands New York product liability law. At the Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates in Brooklyn, we can assess the circumstances surrounding your auto accident and identify who you can hold responsible, including the car manufacturer or the maker of a component part. We are then prepared to hold all parties legally responsible for your injuries.
To get the ball rolling, please call one of our Brooklyn car accident lawyers at 718-407-4123. Initial consultations are free.