There’s a 10% chance your car has been recalled – the fastest way to check

Just this year, about one out of every 10 cars on the road in the U.S. has been recalled. General Motors alone has recalled more than 14 million cars in 2014. That’s more than the number of GM cars sold in 2013, and accounts for 50% of this year’s recalls. Ford and Toyota have also called in millions of passenger cars and trucks. Check for recalls on your vehicle here:   The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration keeps a database of safety issues for vehicles, child restraints, and tires.     All vehicle owners should be notified. While the recall issues range from extremely serious—like the GM ignition switch failure that’s killed dozens—to fairly minor, the recent spate of recalls

When a lawsuit is a moral imperative

The family and the lawsuit behind General Motor’s ignition switch recall Brooke Melton was killed when her 2005 Chevy Cobalt spun out of control, hit another vehicle, and flipped off the road. Her parents, Ken and Beth, knew Brooke to be a very safe driver. They felt sure that something had gone wrong with her car, and contacted an attorney. The law firm, with the help of engineering experts, discovered the ignition switch problem that stalled the car and caused Brooke’s death. That discovery led to a recall of 2.6 million GM vehicles with a dangerous safety flaw.  Although it was their lawsuit that prompted the big recall, the Melton’s initial claim was settled out of court before trial.


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