As Another Auto Recall Rears Its Ugly Head, Here Are 5 Things You Should Know
Another auto recall is on the horizon. Auto manufacturer Volkswagen is recalling over 56,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. due to faulty rear coil springs. If these springs should break during vehicle operation, it can cause a driver to lose control over the vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that a broken spring can become a road hazard or cause severe damage to a tire. The reason for the defect has been narrowed down to a parts maker using the wrong material and manufacturing process when making the springs.
Recalls Mean Repairs
At this time, there have been no reported deaths or injuries in regards to the defect, and dealers have already begun to replace the faulty parts.
Unfortunately, this has not been the case for many defective autos and auto parts. Several recalls have been issued in recent years after causing injuries and death to many unfortunate drivers. This has kept many injury attorneys busy.
The NHTSA does it’s best to determine car models that have safety-related issues that do not comply with a federal safety standard. Both the NHSTA and auto manufacturers can issue a recall alerting owners that they will have the defect repaired. It is not a replacement of the vehicle.
5 Things You Should Know
If the thought of a defective auto makes you worry about the safety of your vehicle, here are 5 things you should know about how auto recalls work.
You will likely be notified by mail. Regardless of whether or not a recall is announced in the news, owners of defective vehicles will be notified when a recall occurs. You will receive a letter that contains the following information:
• The description of the defect
• The risk of hazard, including possible injuries
• Potential warning signs
• A plan to fix the problem
• Instructions on how to proceed
You can discover a recall without a letter. Though manufacturers do their best to notify all owners by mail, circumstances might prevent you from getting your letter. Searching through the NHTSA’s website can tell you if there has ever been a safety recall on your vehicle. If there has been a recall, you can still have the defect repaired even without a letter.
You don’t pay for the repair. You should never pay for the repair of a defective product when a recall has been issued. As long as you take your car to an authorized repair facility, the work is done for free. If your repair shop tries to charge you, speak with the manager and explain the situation. If you still have issues, contact the manufacturer directly or the NHTSA to report the issue immediately.
You are not in immediate danger. If your car is on a recall list, it doesn’t mean that you are in imminent danger. But you should have the repair done as soon as possible to avoid any potential harm.
You should feel safe after the repair. The NHTSA monitors every safety recall to ensure that the manufacturers provide all recalled vehicle owners with effective repairs that are safe, free, and effective. If you don’t feel that the defect was repaired, or if you have further problems, contact that NHTSA.