What Is A Recall?
A recall is when something or someone is officially called back to its place. Things are often recalled if they are bugged out or going hay wire. It is usually something that it uncontrollable, or not easily stopped. Long story short they are not working properly, and or may put other people in danger. Including yourself if you are the owner of the item being recalled. In this case the something would be motor vehicles. Motor vehicles are not recalled often but it does happen. In some cases it can be just a car part or the whole vehicle. Motor vehicle recalls aren’t always bad even though the experience can be scary. It is a sure fire way to make sure your vehicle and other vehicles on the road are safe.
Who Has Jurisdictions Over These Recalls?
Companies that have the jurisdiction of saying an item needs to be recalled are usually government regulated companies. The national highway traffic safety administration (NHTSA) has the power to issue vehicle safety guidelines, and requires manufacturers to recall any vehicle equipment that doesn’t meet the federal safety standards. There are six federal agencies with a variety of different jurisdictions that have come together to create a website called www.recalls.gov which is pretty much a one stop shop for all U.S. government recalled items. Since then 66 million pieces motor vehicle equipment have been recalled for repairs to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians. These agencies are USA.gov, NHTSA or safercar.gov, the United States Coast Guard, FDA, USDA, and United States Environmental Protection Agency.
How Do You Know If You Own A Recalled Product And What Can You Do About It Once It Is Recalled?
You should receive a formal letter in the mail from your motor vehicle manufacturer. The letter will inform you that your vehicle equipment is being recalled. You will also have strict instructions as to how to go about fixing the issue and getting it all resolved. Once you are notified that your vehicle equipment is being recalled you will be told when it will be ok for you to act on it. A lot of times motor vehicle recalls aren’t immediately detrimental to the driver or anyone else on the road. In those cases the car may be sent away and most likely taken off the market. In more common cases your motor vehicle company will tell you to take your car to the dealer within 60-90 days. You would also be provided with a list of dealerships to take it back to with their phone numbers attached. You can either go to the same dealership you bought your car at or take it to one that is more convenient. Most times when you do this you can get your car fixed on the same day at no charge, so arrive early to avoid lines and long waits.
Past & Current Motor Vehicle Equiptment Recalls