Can you drive a car that’s been recalled?

by | Feb 1, 2021 | products liability

No one in Louisiana wants to hear that their car is part of a mass recall. Now, you have to deal with getting your car fixed or finding a new vehicle altogether. If the defect isn’t particularly dangerous, can you continue to drive your car until you figure out what to do?

Can you drive a car after a recall?

Technically, there’s no law against driving a car that’s been recalled. If the defect is minor, you might be able to keep driving it for a while. However, it’s important to realize that even a seemingly minor defect could cause an accident on the highway. Recalls are often issued because the manufacturer is facing a product liability lawsuit, meaning that the defect is dangerous enough that it could cause injuries or fatalities.

If your vehicle has been recalled, try to get it fixed or replaced as soon as possible. It might require taking time out of your schedule, but it’s better than putting yourself and your family at risk every time you get in the vehicle. Many manufacturers will pay for the cost of the service if your vehicle is recalled. If your vehicle has a defect that wasn’t addressed with a recall, you might want to talk to an attorney about filing a lawsuit.

Can you sue the manufacturer for defects?

You might be able to sue the car manufacturer if you were injured due to faulty craftsmanship or design. However, you’ll have to prove in court that you were injured as a result of a defective vehicle and not another factor, like poor weather conditions. An attorney may help you file a lawsuit and figure out the best possible way to approach the case. You might be able to protect other consumers from being injured in the same type of vehicle.