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Would electronic notices increase awareness of auto recalls?

Many things can increase auto accident risks. One are motor vehicles having defective parts. So, it is critical for automakers to respond properly when they detect a dangerous defect in their vehicles. When individuals are hurt because an automaker didn’t do this, skilled personal injury attorneys can assist the victims with their efforts to hold the automaker accountable.

Sometimes, an automaker issues a recall in response to a defect. One would hope that, when an auto recall is issued, the defective vehicles would actually get fixed. However, statistics indicate that many recalled vehicles remain unfixed. One thing that can decrease a recall’s effectiveness is owners being unaware of the recall. So, what notification methods are used in recall is an important issue.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently proposed new recall notification rules. The hope is that the proposed rules would help with getting recall information across to consumers.

Under current rules, automakers are required to send mail notices of a recall. The new proposed rules would make so automakers would also have to send electronic notifications. Under the proposed rules, automakers would be allowed to select what type of electronic communication method to use for such notices. Examples of available methods include phone calls, emails, social media campaigns, TV notices and radio notices.

It will be interesting to see if the proposed rules do ultimately become active regulations. If they do, one wonders if they will lead to increases in recalled vehicles being brought in to be fixed.

Source: WFMY, “NHTSA Aims To Mandate Electronic Recall Notices,” Fred Meier, Sept. 6, 2016

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