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What prompts a vehicle recall in Georgia?

Your vehicle is required to perform at a certain standard or else the manufacturer may be held responsible. As the Georgia Attorney General points out, you can file a complaint with the National Traffic Highway Safety Association if you believe that you are dealing with an auto defect. That agency is responsible for issuing vehicle recalls.

The minimum performance requirements outlined in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards are used as a gauge to determine if a vehicle is up to par. These apply to both operation and the vehicle’s ability to protect drivers and passengers if a crash should take place.

The NHTSA points out that thanks to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, the agency can issue a recall when there is either a safety-related defect or the vehicle or one of its components does not meet the federal standards. A safety-related defect could include one of the following: 

  • A wheel that breaks or cracks, causing the driver to lose control
  • Faulty wiring systems
  • Windshield wipers that do not perform
  • Air bags that either do not deploy or that deploy when they should not

Once a recall is issued, the manufacturer is required to let you know by mail. The information sent to you should describe what the issue is and what the manufacturer is going to do about it. In many cases, you will be able to bring your vehicle in for a repair, though it is possible to get the vehicle replaced or the money you paid for it refunded.

The NHTSA reports that more than 390 million vehicles have been recalled since the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act was passed. Do not delay in having any issue with your vehicle resolved as quickly as possible.

While this information may be useful, it should not be taken as legal advice.

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