7 Ways to Determine if Your Fleet is Recalled

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General Motors continues to face tough questions in regard to its handling of an ignition switch defect dating back more than a decade, and the whole event has caused many to wonder if their own vehicles may suffer from serious safety issues.

After all, it’s not just GM automobiles that could be privy to a defect. Recalls of most nameplates are issued on a regular basis, and with hundreds of millions of cars and trucks on the road, some problems are bound to fall through the cracks.

Consumers have options when it comes to identifying defects, and the Bernard Law Group has put together a resource aimed at helping drivers. In his three-plus decades as a Seattle auto accident lawyer, Kirk Bernard has seen how the automobile recall process has progressed, so he’s uniquely positioned to speak on this matter.

“In the past, a person had to rely almost exclusively on a letter in the mail to know if they were driving a vehicle that could put them and their family at risk,” Bernard says. “And while certified mail is still one option, the internet has opened up a number of possibilities. Consumers who take an active interest in safety have more choices than ever when it comes to identifying possible dangers.”

With that in mind, the following tips from the Bernard Law Group will empower drivers in Washington and across the country to take an active interest in safety:

Watch The Mail | While it may seem old-fashioned, the mail is still a valid option for learning about vehicle defects. Unfortunately, many people confuse recall alerts with junk mail, and those letters thus get thrown out without a second glance. Always b Check With The Nhtsa | This August, The Nhtsa Came Out With A New Tool That Allows Persons To Search For Recalled Vehicles Based Off Of An Automobile’s Vin That Tool Provides Perhaps The Easiest Way To Determine If A Safety Issue Exists Visit the OEM website | The NHTSA has also mandated that individual automakers provide some method of looking up recalls on their websites. At this time, it’s not yet clear how carefully each site has implemented such a feature, so quality may vary dramat
Ask the seller | Any purchase of a used car should be accompanied by an inquiry with the seller as to whether or not a recall exists on the vehicle. If a VIN lookup using one of the aforementioned tools turns up an open recall, refuse to purchase the vehi Ask The Renter | Rental Car Companies Have Also Faced Controversy For Allowing Recalled Vehicles To Remain On The Road Ask A Rental Company About Their Recall Policy, And Follow Up With A Vin Lookup On A Smartphone Before Even Leaving The Lot Google it | When all else fails, type a few keywords into a search engine to figure out if a recall has been issued on a line of vehicles or if others share your concerns. A cacophony of voices speaking up about an issue can be what causes recalls to be i

Visit a mechanic | If a person suspects their vehicle suffers from a defect but can’t find any information about a recall online, bring the automobile in to a mechanic and file a report with the automaker. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, as earl

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