As powerful as cars can seem, even a small part with a minor problem can
cause a huge issue. Likewise, sometimes these problems aren’t immediately
apparent. For example, you can tell your car is defective if the tire
blows out each time it’s patched. However, you may not be able to
tell your car is slowly leaking oil from one of the hoses unless you’re
paying attention to the ground under your vehicle.
Likewise, if your car is new and has a defective part, the dealer who sold
you the vehicle will likely inform you a faulty product is in your car
and needs to be replaced. However, what happens if you bought a used car
and can no longer take it to the dealer?
In 2016, 53.2 million cars were recalled by the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) because of defective car parts, so being worried about a potential
problem is not unusual. One of the best tools available to the public
is the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) database,
which allows people to look up car part information by vehicle identification
number (VIN). The database can be found
The database covers vehicle safety recalls that are incomplete, those conducted
over the past 15 years, and those conducted by major light automakers.
However, it doesn’t include completed safety recall information,
international vehicles, recalls more than 15 years old, recalls conducted
by small vehicle manufacturers, and manufacturer customer service or other
recall campaign information.
For cars that aren’t included on this list, there is an additional
search engine on safercar.gov, which can be found
here. If you can’t find any information on your specific make or model,
continue contacting the manufacturer of your car or consult an experienced
mechanic. Vehicles made prior to the 1980s might not have a VIN number
associated with the vehicle, but people who are familiar with older cars
might be knowledgeable regarding any typical problems regarding the cars.
If you or a loved one were harmed in a car accident caused by a defective
part, talk to one of our
Greenville car accident attorneys as soon as possible. We have more than 95 years of combined legal experience
to offer your case. Let us see what we can do for you.
at (864) 408-8890 or fill out our online form to schedule your free case