To know if your vehicle is included in any recalls, you can look up recalls by VIN. Simply, enter your 17 digits VIN into our recall Lookup tool to check for open safety recalls. You can also check recalls by simply entering the year make, model, and trim of the vehicle.
What does an open safety recall mean?
An auto recall is issued when an automaker or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that vehicle equipment like tires, airbags, etc. fails to meet minimum safety standards. Automakers need to fix the safety-related issues by repairing, replacing, offering a refund, or in few cases repurchasing the vehicle.
A defect may be noticed in a group of vehicles of the same design or make, or items of equipment of the same type and manufacture and pose a danger to vehicle safety.
Why do you need to do a Recall Check?
Sometimes technical errors which are inevitable in electromechanical products, such as cars, might arise, when such faults or errors arise, it is then sacrosanct to return the car to the manufacturer for proper fixing.
It is, therefore, necessary to do a recall check to ascertain that your car doesn’t have a safety open recall. Your safety and that of your loved ones are a serious matter and concern, therefore be informed by verifying a recall VIN check.
How to check for any recall?
If your vehicle is currently under recall, you should have been notified by your vehicle’s manufacturer within sixty days. You haven’t received a notice? Don’t worry. To know if your vehicle is included in any recalls, you can look up recalls in a number of ways.
Types of vehicle Recalls:
There are three types of vehicle safety recalls that are mandatory recalls, voluntary recalls, and Technical Service Bulletins ( TSBs).
- Mandatory Recalls
When the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines safety-related defects, mandatory recalls are enforced by NHSTA. Mandatory recalls must be taken seriously as it is a safety-related defect. Legally, mandatory recalls must be paid by automakers for a free repair. (Automakers are usually responsible for mandatory recall VINs) For example, the Takata AirBag Recall affected millions of vehicles, and repairs on affected vehicles went on for years and continue till today.
- Voluntary Recalls
A Voluntary recall is issued by auto manufacturers as automakers are aware of safety-related issues. This issue could potentially harm users. Voluntary recalls are issued by manufacturers to stop the NHSTA from taking the serious step of issuing a legally mandated recall. These recalls never expire and free repair will be made at any dealership.
- Technical Service Bulletins
A Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) Is issued when a known issue exists in a particular vehicle or group of the same vehicles. The bulletin is sent out to dealerships and mechanic shops. The bulletin consists of the information on the suggested repair for that issue, modified or improved parts, or service manual updates.
Technical Service Bulletins are not issued to consumers, however, consumers can check for these bulletins on their own. Sometimes repairs with a TSB are free but you should be aware of possible changes that may occur. Your car warranty may cover the TSB, but if you are not aware of TSB and the warranty has ended you may have to pay for the repairs yourself.
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