What does a recall mean?
A recall is a request by a manufacturer to return to them an entire production run of a product, usually because of a safety issue or a product defect. This is normally done to limit the liability for corporate negligence and to avoid any bad publicity because of a malfunction or safety issue with their product.
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.
How does a car recall work?
A car recall happens by a manufacturer deciding that they want to recall a particular model run of a vehicle because of a safety issue, and the manufacturer identifies who they have to notify usually using the DMV records of owners of the car or registration documents of owners of the car. Then the manufacturer explains to the consumers, usually in a letter that the consumer will receive about what the potential safety hazards are, how to get the problem corrected, when the remedy or correction will be made available, how long it will take to fix the vehicle, and who to contact if there is a problem
How long does a car recall last?
A car recall usually lasts for a set period of time, set by the manufacturer. It can be anywhere from six months or a year. They attempt to notify as many car owners as possible and try to repair as many of the defects as they can during some certain time period and it varies by manufacturer.
If the time period lapses, can I still get the car repaired?
If a time period lapses, you can still contact the manufacturer or your local car dealership to see if they are willing to make the necessary repairs.
How does someone find out if their car is recalled?
Recalls are issued in one of two ways: the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is a government entity that’s in charge of keeping our highways safe, issues a recall based on its analysis of potential problems submitted by drivers. Or, secondly, the manufacturer of the vehicle will issue the recall themselves after becoming aware of the problem. Manufacturers are required to notify those people that own the vehicle that’s been recalled by a physical mailing, if they have your information. Otherwise, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posts online on their website a recall for any vehicles that have safety issues.
How does someone claim a recall on a vehicle?
A recall letter should be sent to each person who purchased that particular automobile and in the letter there will be a description of the defect or the problem, there will be a listing of the risks posted by the problem, including the types of injuries that it can cause, there will be a list of potential warning signs. It will tell you how the manufacturer plans to fix the problem, including when the repair will be available and how long it will take, and instructions on what you should do next.
Normally, you will be instructed to call your local dealer to set up a repair appointment. If you don’t receive a letter, you can search through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s site and the manufacturer’s still obligated to repair the defect. The site is updated usually before the actual letters go out, so if you look at the site it’ll tell you what steps to follow in order to get your vehicle repaired.