American consumers can usually trust that the cars they purchase will be free of serious problems, but that's not always the case. Sometimes, automobiles are plagued by potentially dangerous and life-threatening defects. When this occurs, auto manufacturers need to repair and replace the defects or face the threat of being financially liable in the event that their defects cause injury or death to others.
Once a serious vehicle defect is discovered, that makes a car unsafe for drivers and their passengers -- or other people on the road -- the vehicle could be recalled, either by the automaker or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When a recall happens, the owners of affected cars can usually take their vehicles into a local dealership for a free repair or replacement. To avoid the threat of getting hurt, vehicle owners should comply with all recalls as soon as they possibly can. They might even want to avoid using and driving a potentially-dangerous car until the necessary repair or replacement has been made.
In the vast majority of situations, recall remedies are easy and fast -- and dealerships are eager to complete the fix. If a dealership refuses, car owners should call the manufacturer immediately to complain.
In the event that a defective vehicle causes a serious injury to you or your family -- or results in a death of someone close to you -- you may want to learn more about your rights in the context of Pennsylvania personal injury laws. In some cases, those who are injured and the family members of those who are killed in accidents can use product liability laws to hold manufacturers accountable for their defective products and obtain compensation for their losses.