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Car Recall Identification

Posted on - Friday, September 18, 2015 under Car Accident, Dangerous Drugs & Products Car Recall Identification

It is no secret that A LOT of cars and trucks have been recalled lately. In fact, as I write this post, the New York Times is reporting that Volkswagen intentionally violated the Clean Air Standards and the federal government is requiring them to recall nearly 500,000 vehicles. With so many brands, types, and models of cars, how do you know whether your car or truck, or that of one of your loved ones, is part of a national recall? Well, it has now become easier thanks to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

Where is my Car’s VIN? What is a VIN?
Every single car and truck on the roads of America has a unique vehicle identification number. That number, “the VIN” or “VIN Number,” identifies a lot of information about your vehicle. By simply putting that number into a database, any one working with your car should be able to identify the who, what, when, where, why, and how of what has happened to your car in the past. The information is not always accurate, but it is a good start.

There is an excellent article by DMV.org (a non-government related website) that shows you how to find your vehicle’s VIN number. The most common places to find it are in the lower driver’s side windshield and on the interior of your door (i.e. where the hinges are). Be sure to accurately write down the numbers and letters. Missing one letter or number messes up the entire VIN.

How Do I Know If My Car is Recalled?
The safety arm of the federal government has created a tool to help you discover whether your vehicle has been recalled. Simply put your entire VIN into the search window and it will search the government’s databases for any applicable recalls.

Car Recalls Can Lead to Injuries in Car Accidents
Our Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers have seen firsthand many injuries sustained due to recalled parts on cars and trucks. Whether it is a defective air bag or faulty ignition system, the injuries can be severe. If you believe you sustained an injury because of a defective or possibly recalled part on your vehicle, call The Parian Law Firm, LLC at (770) 727-5550 or chat live online with our staff now. Our job is to protect you.