The Importance of Keeping Track of Auto Recalls

With the holiday season quickly approaching, many of us will be driving out of town to visit family and/or friends. Most people doing so will drive their personal vehicle. When taking a personal vehicle, it is important to keep track of any recalls pertaining to your vehicle. You do not want to risk having a car accident.

Typically, if there is a recall on your vehicle, you will be notified by mail. The letter will normally sound serous. For instance, the letter may indicate that if you do not take action under the recall, you may be killed or someone else may be killed.

As you may know, a lot of people hesitate to repair their vehicle per the recall. For instance, in California, there are at least five million people still driving vehicles that are subject to a recall.

What’s more, countless people buy vehicles that are subject to a previous recall. Most of these consumers are not aware that their vehicle is subject to a recall! So, how do you become knowledgeable of a recall on your personal vehicle? Easy, just log onto this website.  

1.56 Million Jeeps Recalled by Chrysler

In one notable recall, it was found that Chrysler Jeeps could catch on fire if they are hit from behind. This is a risk because their fuel tanks were placed behind the rear axle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that at least 51 people have been killed as a result of these fiery crashes. As such, the NHTSA agreed to issue a recall nearly 1.56 million Chrysler Jeeps of the 2.7 million Chrysler Jeeps sold from its lots.

The recalled Jeeps included the 1993 – 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2002 – 2007 Jeep Liberty. For all of those not subject to the recall, Chrysler categorized those as a “customer service action”. This means that Chrysler gave the Jeep’s owner the decision to address the dangerous condition.

For those 1.56 million that were subject to the recall, Chrysler promised to install, and even pay for, Chrysler-made trailer hitches to help shield the gas tanks from forceful impacts.

How Negligence Applies

Not only is not adhering to recall instructions risky to your life, it also poses significant risks of injury, and death, to others around you. If a person fails to adhere to a recall, and that person crashes into you, or otherwise causes injury to you, you may seek compensation under grounds of negligence.

Per Illinois’ negligence law, you, as the plaintiff, must establish that, for one, the person at fault (defendant) owed you a specific duty of care. A driver owes a duty, to other drivers, of safe, reasonable travel. It is reasonable to follow recall instructions.

Second, you must show that the person breached said duty of care. If a person does not act reasonably in getting his or her car inspected, and this results in a car crash with you, this is a breach of said duty of care.

Third, you must show that the defendant’s breach was the actual, and foreseeable, cause of the accident. Finally, fourth, you must show that you incurred harm or damages.

Take Action

If you are injured from a car accident at the fault of another driver, it is important that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney. Doing so will increase your chances of receiving compensation for your resulting damages/losses. The Illinois personal injury lawyers at Levin & Perconti have the experience needed to aggressively take on your case. Call us today at (312) 332-2872 or toll free (877) 374-1417 to schedule a FREE consultation.


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