A new Consumer Reports study shows that about one in six Uber and Lyft vehicles have not been repaired for vehicle safety recalls. For example, Consumer Reports noted that among tens of thousands of Uber and Lyft vehicles registered to operate in New York City, there is a 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS with eight safety recalls that haven’t been addressed, ranging from potential to seatbelt detachment to engine failure.
Recalled Uber and Lyft Vehicles
For its research, Consumer Reports reviewed safety records for about 94,000 vehicles registered as operating for companies in New York City and King County, Washington. These are two major ridesharing hubs with local governments that require drivers to register vehicles and obtain an additional license to work through regulators. Consumer Reports’ data analysis provides a snapshot of open safety recalls among rideshare vehicles in the industry. But researchers say the situation nationwide might be even worse.
They found vehicles with glaring safety issues such as deadly Takata airbags that could injure or kill drivers or front-seat passengers. There were unrepaired issues involving potential vehicle fires. In fact, in the Seattle and New York City areas, 25 vehicles had at least five or more unfixed recalls. It is not clear if any rideshare customers have been injured as a result of an issue relating to an open recall. Consumer Reports is recommending stronger safety recall laws especially as Uber and Lyft expand their businesses even more and as other smaller players enter the rideshare industry.
Consumer Safety is Crucial
Uber and Lyft have both come under scrutiny for issues relating to consumer safety including violent attacks suffered by passengers including sexual assaults. Uber and Lyft should do more to make sure consumers are kept safe and making sure these open safety recalls are repaired is an important part of that. They could easily use vehicle identification numbers to identify and ban vehicles with open recalls from operating on their platforms. These are corporations that claim to be tech companies but are reluctant to use technology to make sure recalled vehicles are not on their platform.
If you have been injured in an Uber or Lyft rideshare accident as the result of a defective vehicle or recalled vehicle that was unrepaired, you may be able to file a lawsuit not only against the rideshare company but also the automaker, seeking compensation for damages. An experienced rideshare lawyer who has a successful track record of handling auto defect cases will be able to help injured victims and their families secure justice and fair compensation for their losses.