Car recalls are often issued for safety defects, both major and minor. These can result in an increased risk of car accidents and resulting injury. It’s important to take these recalls seriously.
If Your Current Car Has a Recall
Read the recall carefully. It will include instructions about how to handle the recall. In most cases, you are urged to contact a local dealer for repair or replacement of the defective part or parts in question. You should do this as soon as possible.
In rare cases, you may be instructed to stop driving your car. Take this instruction seriously and stop driving your car immediately.
If You Were Involved in an Accident in a Recalled Car
In many cases, recalled cars cause many accidents and injuries before the defect is known. If you were involved in a car accident in a vehicle that now has a recall, you may be able to pursue legal action for additional compensation for your injuries.
In Illinois, you can only file a lawsuit for a defective product two years after you know or reasonably should have known that your injury was caused by a defective product. Once you find out about a defect that may have been responsible for an accident or injury, you may have two years to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the defective automobile.
The only way to know for sure whether you can get additional compensation for a defect-related car accident is to have your case reviewed by a lawyer. At Willens & Baez in Chicago, we will review your case for free and help you understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us today to learn more.