If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, you may be able to bring a claim against the car dealership who sold you the car. However, this may only be possible in certain circumstances where the dealership has failed to replace a recalled part or doesn’t notify consumers of defective parts as reported by the National Highway & Traffic Safety Administration. Here’s what to know and how to get the help of a California car accident attorney.
Responsibilities of a New Car Dealership
New car dealerships are required to notify owners of recalls and provide repairs or replacements on recalled vehicles at no charge to the consumer. They must also inspect the vehicle and ensure that any repairs that are needed get completed prior to the car’s sale. If the dealership sells certified pre-owned vehicles, they need to check if any parts were recalled on the model and if so, each should be replaced before the car goes to the showroom.
Responsibilities of a Used Car Dealership
A used car dealership does not have the same responsibilities as a new car dealership. They do not have to notify consumers of recalls or provide repairs. However, they are required to perform inspections, make necessary repairs, and replace recalled parts before selling the vehicle. A used car dealership may or may not offer a vehicle warranty. However, even if your car is out of warranty, recalled parts should still be replaced.
How Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit Can Help
If a new or used car dealership knowingly sells a vehicle with a defective part to consumers, they may be held liable if the consumer then gets into a car accident as a result of the defective part. For example, say the safety belt in a car is faulty and a person is seriously injured in a car accident as a result of the belt’s failure. They may be able to seek compensation from the dealership that sold them the vehicle if it can be proven that the vehicle was sold to the consumer with the faulty belt, or if the dealership failed to notify consumers of recalls.
Contact Zink & Lenzi Personal Injury Lawyers Today
A Chico, California personal injury lawyer can assist you with filing a car accident lawsuit to pursue the full and fair compensation you and your family deserve after a motor vehicle collision. Contact Zink & Lenzi now by dialing 530-895-1234.