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Defects and recall notices: When issues could lead to crashes

If you hear that your vehicle has been recalled, it can be scary. At the same time, you may think that because nothing has happened, there's no real issue to worry about.

Unfortunately, many people are hurt because of auto defects each year. Seat belt defects, air bag defects and other issues can all leave people in extreme danger. For example, if an air bag goes off while a driver is traveling, they could end up involved in a serious collision. Similarly, if they are involved in a crash but their seat belt fails, they could be hurt or killed.

While there have been amazing advancements in the safety of vehicles all around America, the truth is that they still can be dangerous when they don't work as designed. That's why companies issue recalls.

What should you do if you receive a recall?

If you receive a recall notice in the mail, you should follow the directions given. If the letter asks you to return your vehicle to the local dealership for repairs, schedule those repairs as soon as you can.

In the meantime, if the defects do cause a collision, you may be able to hold the manufacturer of the vehicles responsible for the crash.

Why do recalls happen so often?

Partially, it's because of a lack of testing. While vehicles are often checked for quality control throughout the manufacturing process, there isn't always a way to know if a vehicle's part will fail 50, 500 or 5,000 miles into its use. By the time the defects start showing up, many people could be hurt.

At the end of the day, manufacturers, designers and others involved in creating vehicles do need to be responsible. If someone is hurt or killed because of a defect, then they could be held liable.

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