Consumer rights and vehicle safety

Florida car owners should know their rights regarding those vehicles. For example, if there is a recall, then the dealer is obligated to fix the car free of charge. Individuals can find out if their car has been recalled by checking the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If a dealer will not fix the defect, individuals should contact the NHTSA or the vehicle manufacturer.

Another potential problem is purchasing a car that is defective. So-called “lemon laws” are designed to protect consumers from purchasing a vehicle that comes with a problem that cannot be repaired. It must also be a defect that makes it difficult for the consumer to operate the vehicle. A dealer is obligated to replace a lemon or give a refund.

Finally, if an accident occurs before a defect can be fixed or if the defect is not detected prior to the accident, an individual may wish to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer. In most cases it is not necessary to prove negligence in order to have a successful lawsuit. Furthermore, cars are supposed to be built to protect the driver and passengers in the event of a crash, so even if the driver is at fault in the accident, if the injury was related to the defect, a successful lawsuit may be possible.

Some vehicles may simply be defective products, and individuals who are having trouble with a dealer or manufacturer or who have been injured may want to consult an attorney. An attorney may be able to offer advice regarding consumer rights for vehicle owners, might compel a reluctant dealer to repair a vehicle or may assist in filing a lawsuit if there is an injury as a result of the defect.