Recall: "I'm Sorry, the Parts Aren't Available"
ABC News is now hitting on the topic as well, advising car owners to play it safe with recalled vehicles. Double check that your vehicle is officially among the recalled models, the article says, on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. Once you know that repairs are necessary, check on the parts. Are they available? If the dealership is telling you no, then it is time to do some homework.
Look into the recall in question. How serious is it? Does your vehicle show symptoms? If this problem is life threatening or likely to cause an accident and you are seeing signs of such a problem with your own car, then start making noise. Quite frequently the repairs can be made even before the parts are officially available. The manufacturers will, at times, issue parts to those experiencing problems before sending out enough to cover all others. While loaner cars are not always part of the deal, you might be able to work something out with the repair shop or the manufacturer if your car is a safety concern.
If your car malfunctions causing you, or others harm, you have the right to speak to a personal injury attorney about the possibility of collecting financial compensation to cover your losses.