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Car accidents and missing vehicle recall notices

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2024 | Recalls

Accidents can happen unexpectedly, especially if there’s an issue with your vehicle that you weren’t informed about. Manufacturers issue vehicle recalls to fix potential safety problems, but what if you never got the recall notice? If you were in an accident because of this, you might wonder what options you have.

Legal responsibilities of car manufacturers

Car manufacturers must inform owners about recalls, usually through mailed notices. Sometimes these notices don’t reach the owner. In California, failing to notify you could make the manufacturer responsible if the defect caused an accident. Proving that the defect was the direct cause of the accident and that you never received the recall notice is crucial.

Proving you didn’t receive the recall notice

Proving that you didn’t get the recall notice can be challenging. Keeping records of your car’s maintenance and any communication with the manufacturer can help. If you moved recently or bought a used car, showing that the notice was sent to the wrong address or previous owner might support your case.

Understanding your options

If the accident was due to an unnotified recall, you might be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, registration fees, car repairs, and other related costs. 

Consulting with a legal professional familiar with California’s vehicle laws can help clarify your situation. They can guide you through the process of determining liability and exploring potential claims.

Steps to protect your rights

Dealing with the aftermath of an accident is stressful. Knowing your rights and the responsibilities of car manufacturers can provide some relief and can ensure you understand the necessary steps you can take to protect yourself.