Recalls of various components or systems on a car are more common than you might assume, though a recall of the car itself is incredibly rare. When you’ve purchased a car used, you may not get all the mailing from the manufacture that the original owner once received.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responsible for protecting consumers. You may have seen the news about the Takata airbag recall. Many people were injured because a reported tendency of these exploding bags was to launch metal shards.
A recall is issued when a manufacturer or NHTSA determines that a vehicle, equipment, car seat, or tire creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards. Most decisions to conduct a recall and remedy a safety defect are made voluntarily by manufacturers prior to any involvement by NHTSA.
Manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in rare cases repurchasing the vehicle.
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How do you know if your car has been recalled?
There is a handy vehicle identification number (VIN) look up on the site. You will find your VIN number either on the driver side windshield, it may be on the inside door panels where you open the door, and it is more easily accessible usually on your insurance card or car title or loan paperwork.
The site to check is:
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