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When you purchase a vehicle, you expect that vehicle to be safe and protect you and your family in the event of an accident. Unfortunately, even with the 1966 implementation of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, hundreds of millions of cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and tires have been recalled due to safety defects. While these recalls aim to have safety issues resolved for the majority of vehicle owners, they are often issued after injuries or deaths have already been reported.
At Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, our Chicago auto defects lawyers understand how devastating an accident caused or made worse by an auto defect can be. From costly medical bills to lost wages, an accident in a defective automobile is often difficult to recover from both physically and financially. By taking legal action, our team will work with you to provide you with a chance to receive the compensation you may need after being hurt by a defective car.
While a malfunctioning radio or excessively chipping paint may be annoying, these auto defects are not safety risks. Safety-related auto defects are those that risk the safety of drivers and passengers, and possibly exist within a number of vehicles of the same make and model or with the same parts. Some examples of safety-related auto defects include:
Any of these defects can result in an unexpected and potentially catastrophic accident.
Manufacturers are allowed three possible options to resolve a defect under the law once a recall is issued. These three options include the following:
If you are issued a recall warning but a manufacturer refuses to offer you any options to resolve the problem with the vehicle, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible.
If you have suffered injuries from a recalled vehicle, you may have the option to take legal action. Taking legal action may help you receive the funds needed to recover from your injuries. With over $400 million recovered for our clients, our Chicago auto defects lawyers at Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, are experienced and prepared to help you fight for compensation. To contact one of our auto defects lawyers today, call (312) 346-8620.