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What to Do After a Car Recall

Car recalls are common, and your car recall should not get you worried. It is a resolution of the vehicle manufacturer if they discover any deficiency in your vehicle. When the recall happens, the vehicle manufacturer is obligated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Authority (NHTSA) to notify you within a reasonable time.

Why Recalls Happen

The manufacture or the NHTSA might recall your vehicle if they observe different malfunctions in the car. Some of them include;

  • Troubles in wiring systems
  • Sticking gas pedals
  • Defective wheels
  • Frequent equipment wears
  • Excessive oil intake

Get Information On the Car Recall

If your car has been recalled, check the NHTSA recall database. This is especially important if you bought the car from someone because that means the manufacturer did not list you as the car's contact person. Also, do the same if you have changed addresses, even if you are the vehicle's first owner. Ensure to read the recall letter and get a complete grasp of the contents to figure out the right steps to take next. We recommend keeping track of the recall database on the NHTSA recall website twice a year to check any open safety recalls on the vehicle.

If the manufacturer has recalled your vehicle, they will communicate to you under specific timelines directed by the NHTSA. You will also receive email notifications of the same from the manufacturer explaining the reason for the recall and guiding you towards the recommended option.

What Next After the Recall?

If your vehicle gets recalled for a safety issue schedule to have the problem fixed. Do not procrastinate in taking the appropriate precautions to avoid placing yourself and your passengers in danger. Immediately you get the information on the recall, discontinue using the car to avoid unnecessary legal issues.

Dealing with The Repairs

In most cases, if your car gets recalled for a safety reason, you are not obligated to pay for the repairs. The manufacturer usually takes responsibility. However, if you can't get the vehicle to the manufacturer, you might consider completing the repairs at your expense, which the manufacturer might reimburse. The reimbursement further depends on how long you have had the vehicle. If it is more than ten years old, you might consider completing the repairs cited in the recall at your expense.

If you need a car repair performed after a recall, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!

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