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How to ensure used car buyers get recall notices

New motor vehicles are required by law to have any outstanding recall issues fixed before these vehicles can be sold, but the same is not true for used ones. Those buying a used car, truck, motorcycle, or other vehicles can and should then take several easy but essential steps to protect themselves. These will enable the owner to become aware of any critical safety problems that can be fixed for free through a recall. As always, it is better to do it this way rather than find out after it is too late.

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Careful record keeping makes a difference

One of the most frustrating parts of owning a car or truck is taking it in to be fixed or maintained. Many are annoyed at the cost involved not to mention the inconvenience or the time spent in the waiting room for the work to be done. Rarely are even simple things inexpensive, so there is a tendency to barely glance at the work order and run for the door with your keys in hand. This, however, is a mistake.

Careful record keeping is essential

Harley-Davidson does another global recall

Few motor vehicle manufacturers have a stronger brand identity than Harley-Davidson. Thus, it made headlines when the company issued a global recall for faulty brakes on 250,000 of its biggest models in early-2018 as well as for 238,300 bikes for a clutch issue in late-2018.

Now the Milwaukee-based company has issued another recall in 2019. This time it involves 44,000 Street 500 and Street 750 models. The company has found that certain models manufactured between May 2015 and December 2018 (model years 2016-2019) have brake pads that drag on the disc. This is due to the corrosion of the caliper piston. The dragging could lead to premature wear of the pads and/disc.

Few quality standards for self-driving cars

We have a Lemon Law here in California as well as a federal version. It basically means that defective cars and vehicles must be replaced by manufacturer if after several attempts to fix the vehicle under warranty still does not work properly.

The Lemon Law protects buyers from getting an unfixable car. However, according to autosafety.org, there are no performance standards for self-driving cars where the manufacturer is held accountable. The organization goes on to propose the adoption of safety standards, just as there are for conventional cars and trucks.

Buying a car with a restructured title

A necessary part of buying a used car is checking to see if the vehicle been involved in accidents or damaged in some way. Taking the time do this can mean the difference between buying a reliable used car and one that is not reliable. Doing this may bring to light the fact that the car was involved in a wreck, and it was then salvaged and rebuilt.

Buying a salvaged car with a reconstructed title

Nissan’s recalls and flaws

We believe that auto manufacturers need to be held accountable, but it is still nice to see when they voluntarily recall a vehicle that is dangerous or not functioning properly. While no manufacturer is immune recalls and flaws, Nissan seems to be involved in more than most motor vehicle manufacturers.

Vehicles with the most recalls

Cooling off periods in California

Remorse is a powerful feeling, particularly when a large amount of money is involved. It is fairly common for someone who buys a car to have buyer’s remorse, either because they think they spent too much money or they come to find that there is someone about the vehicle that they have a hard time adjusting to. While California does have a “Cooling-off” period, unfortunately, it probably will not be much help to the buyer.

The buyer gets a 2-day window

Honda recalls 1.1 million vehicles

Honda Motor Company announced last week that it would recall 1.1 million Honda and Acura vehicles here in the United States. Not to be confused with a previous recall involving 12.9 million vehicles because of Takata airbags, the reason for the latest recall is it re-replacing the infamous Takata airbag propellant that could become unstable and explode during impact. This reportedly led to 220 or more deaths worldwide, including 12 here in the United States.

January incident prompts recall

How Implied Warranty of Merchantability works

There are a variety of laws that protect buyers and sellers during a business transaction. Some of these laws cover issues that are spelled out in a contract, while others are more implied. The Implied Warranty of Merchantability (IWM) falls into the latter category. While many have never heard the term used, they have a general understanding of how an IWM works – a common example is a buyer who returns a product they just bought because it does not work. This happens regardless of contract or receipt.

An IWM guarantees that cars or anything else bought was in safe condition, essentially free from defect and performs within the expected parameters unless the seller makes it clear that item purchased is an “as-is” situation. It is also worth noting that the IWM also falls under California’s Lemon Law.

What is “crashworthiness”?

The word “crashworthiness” may sound like a word made up by a clever car salesperson, but it is actually one of the most important term used in vehicle defect cases. The term describes the ability of the vehicle to prevent injury to occupants in the event that there is a crash.

The idea is to measure the design of a vehicle to accommodate the rapid acceleration or deceleration due to a crash, focusing on protecting the occupants’ safety once the event begins and the secondary impact occurs, such as occupants slammed together or against the interior of the vehicle after the initial contact. Common examples of crashworthiness features are seatbelts, crumple zones as well as airbags and side impact protection.