If you hear the news your car is part of a recall, whether by receiving a notice from the automaker or reading the news, there are a few steps you can take to ensure a quick, effortless resolution, according to the Wall Street Journal.
- Do not panic. Companies tend to announce recalls as a precautionary measure, usually based on problems discovered in a small number of cars due to electronic problems or leaking fluids. These could be serious problems, but most of the time do not require you to stop using your car completely. However, it is important to address the problem immediately by contacting a dealer.
- Call your dealer and schedule an appointment to have your car inspected. Get any work completed as soon as possible since you may need repairs. If anything, you will get a spot held in line for you before the waitlist for repairs gets too long. Automakers will often hold-off to notify consuemrs of a recall until they receive all the necessary parts to complete fixes.
- Check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website often, since recall notices are posted there by car companies.
Safety recalls are often blown out of proportion by the media, however it is still your duty to call a dealer and ensure your car is inspected in case there are any serious problems. As a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, I highly recommend taking these steps. If you or a loved one are injured by a defective product, a personal injury lawyer Los Angeles can assist you.