November 10, 2014
Picking up from where Car Accidents & Defective Vehicle Equipment: 6 Facts to Know (Pt. 1) left off, here, we will resume our discussion of what all motorists should be aware of when it comes to defective vehicle equipment, their cars and traffic accidents.
Fact 3 – Automakers should cover the costs of repairing or replacing defective vehicle equipment.
This can be a little-known fact about defective vehicle equipment, but it is nonetheless true. When vehicle owners have been made aware that their vehicles have defective equipment that needs to be replaced, the automaker should cover the costs of the necessary repairs. In some cases, automakers may have relationships with dealers that require the dealers to cover these recall repair costs. Regardless, however, vehicle owners should not have to pay for these repair expenses out of pocket.
If car owners who are trying to get their defective vehicle equipment repaired end up battling repair shops to cover the costs of these repairs, the owners are encouraged to contact the automaker directly to find out more about their options for financial recovery.
Fact 4 – There have been cases in which automakers have known about defective vehicle equipment but have waited years before recalling it.
Tragically, automakers are not always as responsive as they should be when it comes to reporting defective vehicle equipment and issuing the necessary recalls to get this equipment off of the market.
For instance, take the faulty GM ignition switches that were the center of heated controversy earlier this year. As federal investigators looked into what GM knew about the faulty ignition switches and when they knew it, these investigators ended up finding evidence that GM executives were aware of this defective vehicle equipment as long as a decade ago and yet failed to warn the public about it or take any action to mitigate the potential life-threatening impacts this faulty equipment could have.
We will wrap up our discussion of defective vehicle equipment in the final part of this blog series that will be posted soon – be sure to look for it!
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