Al Boenker Insurance Blog - Vehicle Recalled? Here's What to Do Next
Feb 23, 2018
Getting a letter from your manufacturer that your car has a recall is not the kind of mail that makes you excited. According to Automotive News, "The number of vehicles recalled in the U.S. in 2016 rose 4.5 percent to 53.1 million, from 50.8 million in 2015 --making 2016 the highest year on record.Recalls are increasing as manufacturers are focusing on innovation and cost cuts. Major recalls include tires, defective, and faulty ignition switches.What to do if your car is recalled:
- Take the letter seriously. Manufacturers are required to notify all affected dealers and vehicle owners of any safety recall. The notice will describe the recall, who to call and what cost may be involved for the repair - typically covered by the manufacturer.
- Call the manufacturer or dealership listed and schedule a vehicle check. If you have received a recall notice and the dealership refuses to handle the claim notify the manufacturer immediately. You can also file a complaint with NHTSA at www.safercar.gov.