The next time you request a ride from your
Uber or Lyft app, here are some important questions to ask yourself. Is the vehicle
you’re about to enter on a safety recall list? If so, has the adequate
repair work been done?
According to several reports, about an average of one and three for-hire
cars throughout the U.S. whose vehicle identification number (VIN) had
at least one outstanding recall. Some of those recalls were issued five
or more years ago, such as Toyota accelerator recalls, Takata airbag inflator
recalls, and other serious issues.
It is important to understand that neither ridesharing companies require
drivers to ensure that their cars are current with recall work. Uber only
provides resources to their driver-partners and encourage them to check
for recall and perform routine scheduled maintenance. Lyft states that
drivers have a “strong personal incentive” to ensure that
their vehicle is in safe operating condition.
What Can Riders Do?
A high number of for-hire vehicles face recalls for serious issues. According
to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has estimated
the total number of vehicles recalled in 2015 is 51 million.
If you’re getting into an Uber or Lyft vehicle, there is not much
you can do right away except practice proper safety techniques –
sit in the back seat, buckle your seat belt, and pay attention to what
your driver is doing. Other than that, consumers can ask local officials
to establish regulations to make sure that recall work is done in a timely
manner by vehicle owners and use this opportunity to check to see if their
own vehicles have any outstanding recalls.
Can Ridesharing Companies Be Held Liable for Accidents Involving Recalled Vehicles?
The fact that Uber and Lyft aggressively market themselves as safe companies
reinforces the need for them to forbid unfixed recalled vehicles from
taking to the streets. In the event of an accident, victims can make a
strong case that the ridesharing companies were fraudulent and negligent
– since they are not doing anything proactive to protect riders
from the dangers of recalled vehicles.
If you suffered an injury in a car accident caused by a negligent Uber
or Lyft driver or a recalled vehicle used by a rideshare driver,
contact Belushin Law Firm and request a
free consultation with our New York City personal injury attorneys today.