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How To Find Out if Your Car Has Been Recalled

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How To Find Out if Your Car Has Been Recalled

If it seems that recalls of cars are constantly in the news, that’s no coincidence. Although cars should be safer as technology advances that has not seemed to be the case in recent years.

Indeed, 2014 was a record year for car recalls. No fewer than 64 million vehicles were caught up in safety warnings, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

There are indications that 2016 may rival it. The recall of cars because of dangerous Takata air bags is ongoing and may prove to be the largest in the history of the automobile industry.

Many of these airbags have issues with their inflators that mean they can unexpectedly explode, even in a minor crash. The flying shrapnel has caused deaths of drivers and passengers. We recently noted how a teenager in Texas lost her life in an airbag explosion.

Takata air bags have claimed more than 10 lives

The Takata airbag recall has extended to 70 million cars. Numerous carmakers use Takata airbags, which makes it more difficult to know if your car may have a defective airbag.

Before the Takata airbag scandal, General Motors recalled millions of cars due to an ignition switch defect. The power loss associated with this defect was linked to at least 124 deaths and twice as many injuries.

How To Find Out If Your Car Is Defective 

 

Large numbers of drivers ignore recall notices or are not even aware that their vehicles are defective.

Here are some sites that can help you find out if your car is a potential death trap.

1 The NHTSA Website

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responsible for recalls so it’s a good first place to check out for recalls. The NHTSA website has a search tool on specific vehicles so as you can find out the make and model.

2 Consumer Reports

Consumer reports are a great way to find out if you are driving a car that has been subjected to a recall. Simply visit Consumer Reports and enter some basic information such as your VIN number.

3 Cars.Com

Another useful site to check out is Cars.com. Simply enter a few basic details. The site uses information that’s gleaned from the NHTSA website.

The scale of recent recalls has put automakers under almost unprecedented pressure. There is some evidence that the increased automation of cars is leading to more defects. If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective car, call us today at (757) 455.0077.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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