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Watch Out for Recalled Uber & Lyft Vehicles

Posted on in Personal Injury

Rides haring services, including Uber and Lyft, increase in popularity around the holidays, especially after parties or celebrations where alcohol was consumed. Riders may not be thinking about the safety of the vehicle the yare getting into, but they should be. Recent recalls have affected millions of vehicles in the U.S., but studies show that only about a quarter of the affected cars actually receive the necessary repairs. This means that your chances of getting into a recalled vehicle may be high.

Uber claims that they advise drivers to stay up-to-date on any recalls for their particular vehicle, but some drivers say they have never received any specific recall-related information from Uber. There also isn’t enough follow up, which can allow drivers to avoid turning their car in for repairs, and losing a source of income while they wait to get thei rvehicle back.

Except for the owner of the vehicle, it can be impossible to tell if the car has been maintained and had any necessary repairs made to ensure the safety of its passengers. There are other companies that are pushing to ensure that ride share vehicles are kept safe. Recall Masters is a San Francisco based company that helps fleet owners keep their cars up-to-dateon mandated repairs. According to Recall Masters President Chris Miller,the responsibility for fixing cars should fall on the drivers, as well as the ride share service company as well. Chris Miller also runs MotorSafety.org,which allows users to scan or enter the VIN number of a car to receive information about recalls. While it may be awkward to ask for this information or scan the VIN on the door frame of the car, doing so can allow you to make an informed decision.

No matter what transportation you use, you deserve to arrive safely atyour destination. If you were injured in a recalled Uber or Lyft vehicle,you may be eligible to claim compensation. Our Greenwich car accident attorneys can help your navigate the claims process, and we have the experience needed to stand up to big companies like rideshare companies. At Ivey Barnum & O'Mara, LLC, we are ready to take your call any time,day or night.

Begin your case with a complimentary initial case evaluation. Contact our team online.

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