Did you know that every year, millions of cars are recalled? These recalls can happen for a wide range of reasons, ranging from issues with emissions, engine faults and safety issues. Problems with the steering, accelerator or brake pedals, airbags that don’t deploy properly, fire hazards (usually due to faulty wiring) and leaky fuel systems are worryingly the most common reasons behind major car recalls.

Knowing that your car could be hazardous and pose a risk to you and your family is a worrying time, the last thing you want is to be caught up in an accident with your car not reacting the way you need it to – click here to speak to a Greenville personal injury lawyer if you’ve been in a car accident. So, if your car is suddenly recalled it’s normal to feel a little confused or overwhelmed by the situation.

Here we’ll examine what you should do if your car is recalled.

You’ll be notified by mail

When a car manufacturer decides to recall your vehicle, you’ll be contacted by the manufacturer. They’ll do this with the details you provided when you registered your vehicle with the DMV. It’s in the correspondence that you’ll be provided with relevant information, including what they believe the fault is, what repair work will need to be completed and what your next steps will be. It’s important to remain calm and try not to panic, you’ll also be provided with contact details where you can speak to someone to discuss any concerns you have.

Book the repairs

In your correspondence, you’ll be given instructions on who to call and how you can get the ball rolling on the needed repairs. You will never be asked to pay for the repairs, this will be done at the expense of the manufacturer. The fault will either be repaired, completely replaced, or you’ll be refunded for the vehicle if it’s unfixable. Get this done as soon as possible. If the repairs are going to take a considerable amount of time, then you may have a courtesy car provided to you. 

Stay calm

Again, the idea of driving a car with a defective feature is worrying. However, your car may still be safe to drive, it’s only in very rare or extreme cases that you’ll be advised not to drive your car. Most recalls are done as a precautionary measure and you don’t need to panic about any sudden incidents. Your initial correspondence will state if your car is still safe to drive, but if you have any questions, reach out to the manufacturer. 

Don’t ignore it

Ignoring a car recall is foolish. You may not be in immediate danger, but as you’re responsible for driving a car that is roadworthy, you could be in trouble with the police or render any insurance claim invalid if you have a car accident. Be smart and follow the instructions provided. 

Final thoughts…

If your car is recalled, don’t panic. Follow the advice provided on your correspondence and have the repairs done as soon as possible. 

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Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


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