What is a Vehicle Recall?
A vehicle recall is when an auto manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that any part of a vehicle creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards.
Automakers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in some cases repurchasing the vehicle. They will inform you by sending a letter in the mail, yet many people are still not aware that their vehicle may have a recall.
Vehicle recalls are more common than you may think.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 30.7 million vehicleswere recalled in 2017. While that is the lowest it has been in the past four years, recalls continue to be a common issue among consumers.
If these recalls were related to the physical appearance of the vehicles, there wouldn’t be a cause for concern. However, these numbers show recalls for safety hazards that could be life threatening.
A prime example would be the Takata airbag recall. According to the NHTSA, it is the largest and most complex recall in U.S history as itaffected more than 37 million vehicles. To date, there have been 23 deaths (15 in the U.S.) and 300 injuries worldwide due to this recall.
Check to make sure your vehicle is safe
Addressing recalls is important for maintaining the safety of a vehicle, some companies related to the car industry have taken the initiative of informing car owners to recalls on their vehicle. Selective Insurance is an example of one such company thatinforms specific customers through email of recalls on their vehicles to help maintain the safety of their vehicles. Despite such efforts, there are still 25% – 30% of vehicles on the road with recalls that have not been addressed, according to the Consumer Federation of America.
Check your vehicle for a recall by visiting the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration recall website and enter your vehicles VIN number.
Recalls are meantto keep drivers safe. No matter how small it may seem, never ignore a vehicle recall. It could mean the safety of you or someone else on the road.