On Thursday, January 21, 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched a new Public Awareness Campaign, “Safe Cars Save Lives.” The goal of this campaign is to encourage automobile owners to routinely check for any applicable vehicle recalls issued by their vehicle manufacturer. As the Department of Transportation’s release notes, there were close to 900 recalls affecting 51 million vehicles nationwide — and, each year, 25% of recalled vehicles are left unrepaired.
The NHTSA has implemented a VIN look-up tool, which allows vehicle owners to input their Vehicle Identification Number to determine whether any recalls remain outstanding that apply to their vehicle. The goal of the campaign is to encourage people to develop the habit of checking for recalls related to their vehicle at least twice every year.
While some vehicle recalls may be minor, many other recalls relate to defects that jeopardize the lives of drivers and passengers. For example, vehicle recalls related to faulty airbags could prevent serious injuries and deaths from occurring, as could complying with a vehicle recall related to faulty ignitions.
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a defect in a vehicle, obtaining prompt legal representation is essential to protecting your rights and pursuing all available claims. Keches Law Group is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected injury law firms in New England. Our attorneys are available to meet with individuals suffering from injuries, and their families at one of our offices, which located throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. If you are unable to travel to meet with us at our office, we will make arrangements to meet with you at your home, or another convenient location.
Ryan P. Kelley, Attorney at Law
Keches Law Group, P.C.