Should States Help Automakers Notify Consumers of Vehicle Recalls?
Should States Help Automakers Notify Consumers of Vehicle Recalls?

Although there were more than 53 million U.S. vehicle recalls last year, roughly 30% of vehicles in the U.S. remain unrepaired.

Sometimes these unheeded recalls are the result of owners simply ignoring the notices for one reason or another. They might not see the recall as serious enough to bother with, or perhaps the dealer did not have the replacement parts available when they called. However, many times the owners do not know their vehicle has been recalled.

States Step Up to Help with Vehicle Recall Notifications

Because vehicles often change owners many times during their lifespan, it can be difficult for automakers to contact the correct person. While it has traditionally been the auto manufacturer’s responsibility to get the word out to owners, some states are stepping up to help increase awareness of recalls. State transportation departments have the most up-to-date information on vehicle ownership, making their involvement critical in helping with safety recalls.

Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration applied for a U.S. Department of Transportation grant to notify consumers of open recalls when they register their vehicles. The two-year pilot program will begin in April. Ian Grossman, vice president of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, some states might want to see the results of Maryland’s program before embarking on their own.

“It will be beneficial to see the impact of Maryland’s vehicle recall notification program. The more we can do to increase awareness of safety recalls, the better,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

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DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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