As cars have become more and more advanced, design faults have become more and more common. In many cases these faults come from a mistake in manufacturing, or another flaw that maybe couldn’t have been recognized in testing. While many of these faults may prove to be nothing more than a nuisance, some of them could be more serious, potentially jeopardizing the safety of your vehicle. When this is the case, your manufacturer will likely issue a recall.
Safety recalls are actually not all that uncommon these days—if you’ve purchased a car within the last 10 years or so, there’s a pretty strong chance that you’ve probably been notified of a safety recall at some point. However, if you haven’t, there’s still a chance your vehicle may be the subject of one or more recalls that may not be aware of. However, finding out if this is the case is actually quite simple. Here are three ways you can find out if a recall has been issued for your vehicle and how to get it fixed.
Check for Yourself Online
You can look up any existing recalls on your vehicle through a website that’s connected to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s database. All you need is your vehicle identification number, or VIN, which is a 17-character identification code found near where your windshield and hood of your vehicle meet on the driver side.
You can look up any existing recalls from the NHTSA’s website, or through SaferCar.gov, a government-run website that’s set up in conjunction with the NHTSA. This database includes all safety recalls that have been issued in the United States, and even keeps track of which ones have already been performed on your vehicle and which ones have not, so you know exactly what needs to be done on your car. Bear in mind that if you recently had a recall service performed, it may take several days for the recall notice to be removed from your car’s history.
Bring Your Car to a Dealer for Service
If you bring your car to a dealer for a maintenance service, ask your service advisor to check your vehicle for any safety recalls. This usually only takes a moment and the service advisor will more than likely be able to include servicing the recall with your other maintenance needs. Because this is a safety recall, the repair is free, which means you won’t have to worry about paying extra if you’re concerned about the cost of doing so. This one simple step could wind up saving your life or the life of your passenger, so it’s a smart idea to ask for a recall check every time you bring your vehicle in.
Consult Manufacturer Websites
You can also go directly to your manufacturer and look for information regarding recalls on vehicles. Manufacturers may not have the ability to tell you whether or not your exact vehicle is one that’s affected by a recall, but they can and do often provide a list of vehicles which could be impacted, such as models, model years, trim levels, or “built between” dates. This information will also likely tell you the reason for the recall and what might happen if the recall order is ignored. If you suspect that your vehicle may be part of a recall, we strongly suggest getting your VIN number from your windshield window and checking it against the NHTSA’s online database.If you’ve been injured as a result of a defective vehicle, you may have the right to compensation for the damages you have sustained. Learn more by discussing your options with a Martin County car accident attorney from Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC. Call us at (866) 675-4427 today.