2016 started off with a bunch of news related to all of the recalls the past few years so many of us are wondering just what exactly do we do when our car is recalled? How do we know for sure? Is it really serious?
The good news is, a recall on your vehicle doesn’t mean it’s an emergency. Sometimes they’re for something as simple as a sticky door lock. For example, let’s say that your car has a problem that involves a sticky door lock. If the problem is widespread enough, the manufacturer may decide, (or be forced by public demand), that a recall is necessary. The recalled vehicles will have their locks repaired by local dealers and auto service repair shops free of charge. The manufacturer will release a service bulletin to the dealer service departments letting them know that they will be reimbursed for repairing any door locks in affected vehicles.
Cars and trucks that are involved in a less serious recall still need to be repaired, but the effort that auto makers put into letting the current owners know will be less than a major safety issue.
So where can you look to see if there are any pending recalls on your car or truck? The best resource, by far, is the government agency in charge of recalls, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, also known as NHTSA. They provide a link directly to the part of the site that lists your vehicle.
If you are still unsure about your vehicle or what to do give us a call and we’re happy to help. If you know your vehicle is under a recall and you want to have it serviced schedule your appointment today and we’ll get you back on the road ASAP!
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