You will receive a recall notice by postal mail to alert you of a defect. A recall sticker will be placed on the outside of your envelope. Effective in February, the label is required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for all recalls.
You can check a recall on your vehicle at SaferCar.gov (click here). This will list all vehicle recalls. If you have registered your vehicle, they will send you a notice in the mail.
A recall is issued when there is a safety-related defect in the car. There will also be a recall issued if a part of the vehicle no longer complies with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
The manufacturer must remedy the defect. It can either repair or replace the affected part(s), or it can reimburse you for the defect.
If you have fixed your vehicle and there was a recall issued at a later time, you may be eligible for a reimbursement of payment.
If your vehicle is more than 10 years old, the manufacturer is not responsible for the cost of the repair. A notification of the recall is necessary for any age of a vehicle, but it is your discretion to fix it if the car is over 10 years old.
If your issue happened from the time NHTSA opened an investigation or one year prior to the issuance of the recall you are eligible for a refund for repairs already made.
If you have an issue with your vehicle that you believe needs to be investigated, you can file a report on SaferCar.gov with NHTSA.
You can also download NHTSA's app. It's called SaferCar and available on all mobile devices.
If you have purchased a used vehicle, you can check to see if a recall repair was made on it through Carfax at carfax.com.
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