Open Recalls on Rideshare Vehicles Put Passengers at RiskSeptember 19, 2018
The next time you arrange for transportation with Uber or Lyft, consider the fact that a percentage of these vehicles may have major safety issues. In fact, according to data supplied to CARFAX, a significant number of vehicles that have unfixed recalls, defective parts, or other safety issues, are registered with Uber or Lyft. Many of these issues put customers at risk of getting seriously injured, or worse, if they are involved in a car accident.
The Carfax application can track recalls by entering a vehicle’s tag number, which is associated with the car’s VIN number. This is used to track information about the vehicle, including maintenance records, repairs, and recalls. Unfortunately, people do not take these recalls as seriously as they should. Carfax commented that people have a very cavalier attitude toward recalls. They are under the assumption that nothing bad will ever happen to them. However, the longer these vehicles remain on the roads, and the recalls are left unfixed, the more passengers are at risk of serious injuries and fatalities.
The Dangerous Consequences of Unfixed Recalls
One example of an unfixed recall that could have devastating consequences involves the Toyota Sienna minivan, which was found to have a faulty shift lever. If the driver thinks the vehicle is in park, it could roll away when the driver leaves the vehicle. If pedestrians, or other vehicles are hit, this can cause serious injuries. Another widely known example of a product recall involves the Takata airbags, which were known to explode and cause severe injuries to the drivers and passengers in the vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it is one of the biggest recalls in American history.
Uber and Lyft both provided written statements addressing the recalls. Officials from Lyft said that they require a rigorous safety inspection of all drivers before they can work for the company. Uber also commented that they encourage drivers to check for open recalls on a regular basis, and to make sure that they fix the problem as soon as possible. Uber also has a 19-point inspection that drivers must pass before they can pick up passengers, but the inspection sheet does not address safety recalls.
Passengers can easily check to see if there are any recalls associated with a rideshare vehicle, as well as their own personal vehicles. They can download the CARFAX application and enter a vehicle’s tag number or visit the NHTSA’s website and enter the vehicle’s VIN number. Product recalls should be taken seriously, and either be replaced or repaired as soon as possible to avoid serious accidents.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Rideshare Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident involving a ridesharing vehicle that has an open recall, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Failing to address product recalls can jeopardize the safety of consumers who use ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. We will protect your rights and secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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