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Is your car about to catch on fire?

On Behalf of | Aug 13, 2023 | Personal Injury |

“Umm… what?” you may be thinking after reading this headline. And yes, you read it right. Recently, auto manufacturers Hyundai and Kia were compelled to recall nearly 92,000 vehicles in the U.S. due to a risk that they might spontaneously combust.

It’s important to be aware of recall challenges like this one – regardless of whether you’re a Hyundai or Kia owner or not because you could encounter a recalled vehicle in traffic, and its defect could lead to a serious crash.

Checking recall information

If you check your vehicle manufacturer’s website every once in a while, to see if your vehicle is subject to a recall, you’re both on the right track and much more proactive than most people. Yet, it may (understandably) surprise you to learn that you may need to be even more proactive than you’re being right now.

Most motorists are unaware of the fact that auto manufacturers often take weeks or months to “officially” announce a recall and to formally notify auto dealers and owners of such actions. There are a number of reasons for this, including the need to get a fix and a fix protocol in place before telling those affected to take action.

As a result of this delay – which can result in devastating consequences for owners of defective vehicles and anyone they may encounter in traffic alike — it is an even better idea to regularly check up on recall headlines in the news tab of your favorite search engine and/or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website.

It is possible that your car – or the car next to you in traffic – is about to catch fire and you don’t even know it. If you suffer injuries due to a defective vehicle or in a crash caused by one, it’s wise to seek legal guidance.