Purchasing a car these days can certainly leave a dent in your wallet. Many upcoming car owners often turn to dealerships that sell used vehicles to try and save a couple of thousand dollars on their new purchase. While they understand they aren’t quite getting the “whole package” with their transaction, some fail to realize just how much their new ride is missing.

Many used car dealerships often get away with selling vehicles that have open recall issues. This means that the car they sold requires crucial repairs to function safely on the road. These vehicles are especially dangerous if the dealership neglects to inform the customer of the open recalls or if the new owner decides to do nothing about them. Alabamans should know just how many of these cars are in the state and what they should do if they get in an accident with one.

Recalling a familiar issue

Recent studies show that there are currently more than 52 million cars in the U.S. with open recalls. While the number has decreased significantly in the last few years, that still means that nearly one-fifth of the registered vehicle population could be driving broken and dangerous cars on the road.

Unfortunately, Alabama doesn’t fare well when it comes to open recall numbers compared to the rest of the nation. According to Carfax, Inc., a company that provides vehicle history reports to owners, over 22 percent of vehicles in Alabama have open recalls. It has the fourth highest rate in the nation behind other southern states such as Mississippi and Louisiana.

Dealing with a recall

Federal law requires car manufacturers to notify registered owners of recalls and to provide consumers with a recall remedy. Remind the dealership that you have a right to get your defect replaced or repaired free of charge or get a refund on the vehicle. Keep up with whatever contact information you gave them (email or phone number) so you do not miss a warning for a potential recall.

If the dealership fails to inform an owner of an open recall, then the driver could risk having their car break down and injure themselves and other motorists in the process. Whether you were the driver of a defective vehicle or at the receiving end of one, it is important to know what legal options you have available to help you recover from the crash.