Demand is growing for rideshare services, whether from Uber, Lyft or another company. However, according to a recent investigation, the odds are one-in-three that such vehicles have not had federally mandated recall safety work performed.
That means you have an approximately 33 percent chance of riding in an unsafe vehicle if you use a rideshare service. That also includes the use of taxis or limousines.
Ignoring recalls can lead to car accidents.
There are several current, specific recall issues that need to be addressed. These include:
Other types of federally mandated recalls ignored by the owners of vehicles used in rideshare services run the gamut, but may include:
The investigation shows that neither Uber nor Lyft checks to ensure cars used in their services are up-to-date regarding any recalls. Federal law does not allow rental car companies or car dealers to use or sell cars with outstanding recalls.
You cannot tell whether a vehicle is safe simply by looking at it, but there is a way you can protect yourself when using a rideshare vehicle, in order to know whether it has an unresolved recall safety issue. As the saying goes, “there’s an app for that.”
Download the CarFax app onto your smartphone and enter the vehicle’s license plate number. You can get that information from the rideshare company prior to the vehicle arriving at your pickup point. That number is connected to the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), and the app shows you whether the vehicle in question has had a recall and whether it has been repaired.
In addition, you will receive information on the individual vehicle’s maintenance history. Once you receive this information, you can make the decision whether or not to use this vehicle to reach your destination.
Of course, many people are not going to know about or use this app when arranging for a rideshare. However, if someone is injured in a motor vehicle accident during a rideshare, and it turns out the car had an active recall or other defects, there is a better chance of proving the case with the app’s evidence.
If you or a loved one are hurt in a rideshare accident, you need the services of the an experienced Eatontown car accident lawyer at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. Please complete our online contact form or call us at 732-493-9400 for a free confidential legal consultation.
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