The use of hired cars services like Lyft and Uber is booming. According to current research, between 40 and 45 percent of people living in urban and suburban areas throughout the United States use rideshare services. And that number is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years. Unfortunately, this incredible growth might be coming at the expense of passenger safety.
Carfax, Inc. and WCNC’s recent Defenders Investigation found that one in every four Uber and Lyft cars has an open safety recall. Among all of taxis and limos registered to the city of Charlotte, 28 percent have unchecked recalls.
Media outlet WCNC partnered with auto website Carfax to scan the license plates of Uber and Lyft cars at Charlotte Douglas International Airport during a two-day period. After analyzing the data on Lyfts and Ubers visiting the airport, they discovered that one-quarter had open recalls.
Some of the recalls they found include:
These recalls increase the risk of a host of catastrophic, life-changing injuries. Recently, Toyota recalled 1.7 million vehicles worldwide for potentially defective Takata air bag inflators, the latest phase of the largest recall effort in history. In the United States, 37 million inflators have already been replaced since the recall campaign began in 2016. Takata airbags can potentially rupture, projecting shards of metal throughout the vehicle. So far, at least 23 people have been fatally injured by these defective devices.
The good news is information about current open recalls for Ubers, Lyfts, taxis, and other hired cars is easy to obtain. Enter license plate and vehicle identification numbers (VIN) into safercar.gov or Carfax’s free recall app to get up-to-date information about the safety of any vehicle. If you are concerned your personal car, truck, or van, use these online resources or contact the dealer for recall information.
In the city of Charlotte, there are more than a half-million cars on the road with unfixed safety recalls. Not only do these vehicles pose a risk to their own drivers, but when their defective equipment or systems increase their risk of a crash, they become danger to vehicles and pedestrians around them. Consumers should expect the rideshare vehicles they hire to be safe and free of open recalls.
When hired drivers fail to protect their passengers by ignoring safety issues or driving recklessly, the Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. are there to protect the rights of injured passengers. If you have been injured in a Lyft or Uber accident, you do have options for recovering compensation for your medical care, pain, suffering, and loss of income during your care and recovery.
To discuss your situation with a Columbia car accident lawyer who takes the time to listen and answer your questions, schedule a consultation with Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. today. Call 800-531-9780 or contact us online to get started.
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