If you own a vehicle and hear a report on the news about a vehicle recall, do you panic just a little, wondering if it might be your car? I know that I do. Not only will we worry about the safety of getting into our car, but also wondering how serious is it, how much this is going to cost to fix and how will we cope without our car. Recalls can vary from something minor to a major engine or mechanical safety issue.
The US National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has some great resources to refer to if you find yourself in this situation. You can find their website here:
They keep track of all the latest recalls and related information for any vehicle. You can check on your own vehicle by VIN Number, Make and Model. It pays to be informed and it will also help you understand exactly what they are looking for, how it can be fixed and when you should receive a notice from the manufacturer. Your local dealer may also have some information that can help you, but may not have the authorization to fix it yet from the manufacturer.
NHTSA releases ‘Understanding Vehicle Recalls’ video
Latest recalls information from SaferCar.gov
Recalls since yesterday
Recalls since the 1st of the month
Here is a small sampling from the first of the month. These are the first three of 87 recall notices. There are more details available on the website.
Report Receipt Date: JUN 13, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V430000 Mfg: Nissan of North America
Component(s): STEERING 2014-2016 Infiniti Q50, Infiniti Q50 Hybrid
Potential Number of Units Affected: 28,182
Report Receipt Date: JUN 10, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V424000 Mfg: Maserati North America
Component(s): POWER TRAIN 2014 Quattroporte and Ghibli vehicles
Potential Number of Units Affected: 13,092
Report Receipt Date: JUN 10, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V422000 Mfg: General Motors LLC
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , EQUIPMENT 2015-2016 Chevrolet Sonic and Trax, & 2013-2015 Spark
Potential Number of Units Affected: 18,780
You can use the NHTSA database to find out if there have been any recalls on your model and follow their instructions if you have not yet received a notice from the manufacturer. No product made by human beings is perfect, but most auto companies do a pretty fair job of policing themselves and make every effort to keep the customer safe and the vehicle running properly. And please remember that not every car in the selection mentioned has the defect, but they want to make sure to check everyone that has been purchased.
If you do find something don’t panic. You can look it up on the Manufacturers website or call the dealership and ask for their assistance and find out what they already know about the repair or replacement parts. Do not attempt to repair it yourself or the warranty on the fix may not be honored when you choose to sell or trade-in your car. Let the experts help you find the correct information and course of action. The NHTSA website has a variety of information for you to choose from, so before you get worried, look through their choices and you may find all the answers to your questions.
Always do your research when making a large purchase such as a vehicle. You can check Consumer Reports and many other sources for more information and many insurance companies now offer their opinions and assistance.
Please be safe, don’t drink and drive or use your cell phone or other devices while driving. It Can Wait!