What's A Vehicle Recall?

There’s nothing that puts a lump in your stomach like finding out your vehicle has been recalled. A vehicle manufacturer may recall a vehicle if it doesn’t meet federal standards with the FMVSS, or a safety defect is detected. The manufacturer can notice an issue and voluntarily issue a recall, or vehicle owners can reach out to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration with feedback regarding any mechanical issues. A recall doesn’t necessarily mean that there are issues with the entire vehicle, but more so a specific component. If a problem is identified, manufacturers will do their best to reach out to vehicle owners and offer them a free repair.

 There are two types of vehicle recalls, safety and non-safety-related types.

The safety-related recall is one in which there is an issue that poses a significant safety risk for all vehicles of a specific model. A few examples of a safety defect is:

  • Gas pedal sticking or breaking.
  • Failing seats
  • Failure of steering components
  • Unnecessary airbag
  • And more...

If a recall is non-safety related, there’s most likely an issue related to a vehicle component such as:

  • An excessive oil intake
  • There’s body panel rust, diminished paint quality, or other blemishes.
  • And more...

If you find out your vehicle has a recall, it’s best to seek automotive support from an expert. Don’t hesitate to reach out to The Auto Doc, we’d be happy to assist. If you aren’t sure either your vehicle has a recall, click this link to learn more.