When we purchase a new vehicle, the thing we dread the most is the possibility of a life-changing accident. We place ourselves and our loved ones in the hands of the people who manufactured the vehicle we drive, and so we expect everything to work the way it should. That’s not always the case, and sometimes this is why vehicles are often recalled. These days, more cars are recalled than ever for a number of reasons that often stay out of the public eye. These are some common Chevrolet recall issues and defects over the past years.
There were a few recalls of vehicles manufactured in 2016 than may have escaped your attention. Welding of the airbags in the rear right-hand side of some 2017 Malibu vehicles may be defective, causing debris to fly about in the event of a collision. Dealers expect the repairs will be simple.
The 2017 Chevrolet Express is experiencing a recall of some vehicles manufactured from September of 2015 to August of 2016, and the 2016 DMC Savana cargo is experiencing a recall of vehicles manufactured from January of 2016 to May of the same year. The vehicles do not comply with the rearview mirrors section of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (or FMVSS), primarily because they were manufactured without rear view mirrors.
If you’ve purchased a lemon, you won’t know it right away. These vehicles are a nuisance for that reason alone, but it gets worse if the manufacturer or dealer knew about an issue and didn’t think to tell you. What constitutes a lemon? Defects have to be covered by the manufacturer, and defects need to somehow impact the functionality of the vehicle (luckily, almost all defects tend to fit this bill). Lemons aren’t the cause of accidents or misuse on the part of the buy, which is why the responsibility falls squarely on the people who manufactured the vehicle in most cases. If you do your due diligence and contact the manufacturer in order to repair any issues that arise within the first year after purchase, then your car may be a lemon. Your vehicle needs to have less than 12,000 miles on the odometer if these issues occur under a year, and you need to have contacted the manufacturer for repairs at least three times.
You have options if you purchased a lemon, or if your car is recalled, and you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible if that’s the case. If you believe that the dealer that sold you the vehicle knew about the defects and didn’t tell you they existed, then you might have additional ammo to fire. Be sure to contact a qualified attorney in order to keep yourself well informed of all your options.