Posted in Car Accidents on September 15, 2021
The last thing that anybody wants to receive in the mail is a recall notice for their vehicle. However, recall are often misunderstood. Here, we want to discuss what steps you should take if you discover your car is facing a recall. In some cases, it is imperative that you act immediately to ensure that you do not get involved in an emergency caused by a faulty vehicle. In other situations, a recall may be for a relatively minor problem with the vehicle.
The last thing you likely expect is to discover that your vehicle has been recalled. Unfortunately, vehicle recalls are fairly common. The good news is that most recalls do not involve serious vehicle malfunctions that could cause you harm.
It is important to keep track of any recalls your vehicle may have. Many people find out that their vehicle has been recalled when they get a notice in the mail from the manufacturer. However, even if you do not receive a notice in the mail, there is a way you can check online to see if your vehicle has any potential recalls that could affect roadway safety. We encourage you to go to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) webpage to check your vehicle for recalls.
When you go to the NHTSA website, you will see an area on the page where you can enter your vehicle identification number (VIN). If you are unsure about where to find your VIN, there are a few areas you can look to locate this information. In most modern vehicles, this information will be available:
If you have received a recall notice for your vehicle, or if you discover yourself that the vehicle is facing a recall, that is okay. Do not panic. First, you need to determine whether or not the situation is an emergency. If the recall is for something that affects roadway safety, the recall notice will typically tell you not to operate the vehicle and to have it towed to the nearest dealership to be fixed. Do not worry because these repairs are free of charge. Please understand how important it is not to operate a vehicle if the recall notice tells you not to. This could create a safety risk not only for yourself but for others on the roadway.
After you find out the vehicle has been recalled, you need to get the issue taken care of as soon as possible. Manufacturers have three options when it comes to handling a recall for your vehicle or for a particular part in the vehicle:
Regardless of whether or not the entire vehicle is recalled or just a single part, this repair, replace, or refund process can apply.
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