What is a vehicle recall?

A vehicle recall occurs when a vehicle manufacturer of an automobile or the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration determines that a car model has a safety-related defect or does not comply with a federal safety standard. And this – when that happens, usually an automaker will alert owners to the problem and offer to repair the issue for free.

It does not mean that the entire vehicle will be replaced; it just means that the issue with regard to the safety of a particular part of the vehicle will be corrected.