What Does a Recall Mean?

The largest vehicle recall that’s ever happened took place in 1980 when the Ford Motor Company recalled 21 million cars for a fault that would cause cars to automatically switch to reverse from park. Many of these cars were not actually repaired and instead all that happened was a sticker was put on the dashboard. If you own a Ford that was made between 1966 and 1980 then your car might still have this sticker. Not every recall is as large or dangerous as this particular recall but recalls are still something you should take note of.

Cars these days are ever-evolving and, as a result- are ever more complicated. As more options and features are introduced so are the chances that something will malfunction. Many recalls that happen are to address faults in similar vehicles. It’s also possible for the Federal Government to issue a recall themselves over a safety or environmental concern.

If you are the original owner of a vehicle then you’ll receive a notification about a recall. If you buy a used car you have the option to register with the vehicle manufacturer and receive any recall information. You can also check with the manufacturer’s website to find out about any recalls. You will need your VIN for this so have it at hand.

Another way to check for recalls is to use the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov. They have information on cars sold after 1966. The manufacturer the one that foots the bill for any repairs needed and they are often carried out at an authorized mechanic. If you’re thinking about buying a used car then we can perform an inspection for you to let you know if there have been any recalls and if they were repaired. AutoCare technicians also have access to Technical Service Bulletins to inform you about any other repairs that the car needs to have performed. This helps you save a lot of time and money and, best of all, ensures that you stay safe on the road.