Ginnie Pritchett: Every year hundreds of thousands of vehicles are recalled for a variety of reasons; ranging from minor issues covering a relatively small number of vehicles to a single recall affecting millions. In 2010, a record 14.
9 million vehicles were recalled by manufacturers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; A vehicle recall can be a cause for significant concern, but not all defects are related to the vehicle's overall safety. Non-safety related defects include items like air conditioning, entertainment systems, and ordinary ware of vehicle equipment. Some defects can cause serious safety issues and must be attended to immediately; faulty steering components, defective windshield wiper systems, and airbags that deploy unexpectedly are common recalls. But any part of the vehicle can be defective. Car makers often learn about problems through their own testing, from dealerships, or receive consumer complaints. Vehicle manufacturers will quickly announce the recalls and alert affected owners when a repair solution is arranged. Recalls are also reported on the news and in-depth listings can be found at safercar.
gov, which provides detailed information about vehicle safety ratings, current vehicle recalls, and recall information on other vehicle related items. If you think your vehicle has a defect, report your concerns immediately via safercar.
gov's interactive form for reporting defects and complaints, or through NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline. It's up to you to respond to a recall notification. Announcements include information about how long the repair takes and explain the safety risks caused by the defect. Federal laws mandate that recall repairs be free of charge, so don't put it off. You can never be too careful about your safety, so always be aware if your vehicle shows up on the recall list.