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Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are the preferred method of transportation for millions of customers who need transportation from point A to point B. The rideshare apps make it quick and easy for a customer to contact a driver, arrange for a ride, and pay the driver is one simple transaction.
What many customers may not realize, however, is that many of the rideshare vehicles on the road today have open recalls for things like airbags, brakes, and computer systems. This could seriously jeopardize the safety of the customers, the driver, and other motorists on the road.
According to a representative from Carfax, people do not get recalls fixed because they do not take them seriously enough, or they assume nothing bad will happen to them. Unfortunately, the longer people wait to get their recalls fixed the more likely it is that the defect could cause a serious accident.
In extreme cases, unfixed recalls can cause accidents resulting in fatalities. For example, the Takata airbag defect was known to cause the airbag to explode, sending metal pieces into the faces of drivers and passengers.
Other unfixed recalls that have been found include defective seat belts, brake pedals that fall off, and fuel leaks that can cause fires or explosions.
Uber cars must pass a 19-point inspection, before drivers are allowed to pick up customers. The company encourages all drivers to check for open recalls, and recently joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) campaign, which raises awareness of open recalls, and the importance of getting defective parts fixed or replaced as soon as possible.
Lyft also requires drivers to have their vehicles inspected for any safety issues before they can operate on their platform. However, neither company requires drivers to get the safety recalls fixed. In addition, there are no federal laws that require ridesharing drivers to get recalls fixed.
Carfax has a free app that allows you to check for open recalls on a vehicle by plugging in the license plate number. If you are using Uber or Lyft, you can enter the license plate number of the rideshare vehicle after you order it. That way, you will know if it has any outstanding recalls before it arrives to pick you up. If it does, and you are uncomfortable accepting the ride, you can cancel the order.
The NHTSA’s website also provides information about vehicle recalls, if you have the vehicle’s VIN number.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a car accident involving a ridesharing vehicle that has an open recall, do not hesitate to contact the Delaware car accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow. Our experienced legal team will determine who is responsible for causing the accident. We will protect your rights as we pursue the maximum financial compensation that you are entitled to for your injuries. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 302-427-9500 or contact us online.
Rhoades & Morrow handles personal injury and work injury cases throughout Delaware, including Wilmington, Hockessin, Newark, Glasgow, Bear, Middletown, Smyrna, Dover, Milford, Lewes, Georgetown, Elsmere and Seaford, as well communities in New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County.