If you own a vehicle, staying up-to-date on recall information about your vehicle is important for your safety and the safety of others. For information on how to check if your tires have been recalled, refer to the following.
What is tire recall?
A defective tire recall is an order that’s issued by a tire manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A recall is conducted if tires are found to be defective or otherwise unsafe.
If a recall is issued, the recall notice will include information about the following.
- The defect
- Which makes and models are affected
- How to get new, safer tires
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Where can I learn about recalls?
The NHTSA publishes recall information on its website, SaferCar.gov. On the website, vehicle owners can search their tire brand name and tire size, as well as car make and model, for any recall information or consumer safety concerns. Any ongoing investigations about a car or a car part are published on the website.
To check online if your tires have been recalled, do the following.
- Go to www.SaferCar.gov
- Click “Recalls & Investigation” in the middle of the page
- Select the “Tires” tab to the left of the search box
- Enter in your tires brand name and tire line/tire size (optional)
- Click “Go”
In addition to checking the website, the manufacturer should notify you via mail about any known vehicle defects, including defective tires. As mentioned above, the notice should include any relevant information about the tire defects, including the danger that the recalled tires present, as well as how to get repairs conducted, or replacement tires.
Do I have to pay for recalled tires?
For vehicle owners who have their vehicles or vehicle parts, like tires, recalled, no cost to the vehicle owner is assessed. The notification letter from the manufacturer should include information regarding how to get repairs done free of charge.
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Do I need an attorney?
If your vehicle’s tires have been recalled, you probably don’t need an attorney. However, if you were injured in an accident caused by a defective tire, then you may seek legal recourse and help from a lawyer. When a tire is defective, and that defect causes an accident, then the tire manufacturing company may be liable for damages you’ve suffered.
If you’ve been injured by a defective tire, Florida statute 95.11 provides you four years to file a claim for injuries. The attorneys at Chalik & Chalik can aid you in taking legal action to recover damages. To set up a free case consultation, contact us today at 855-529-0269.
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