What Should Be Done After Receiving A Recall?
If your car is on the NHTSA’s car recall list, all recall-related fixes should be done free of charge. You’ll need to take your car to an authorized dealer since they contract directly with the manufacturer. And to avoid complications, it’s best to bring your recall letter with you (if you have one). You can check here: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls to check for any recalls on your vehicle.
Statistics That You Should Be Aware Of
General Motors has the best recall timeliness of the major automakers. Tesla earns the top spot for recall proactiveness. Porsche has the lowest recall rate and Volkswagen Group the highest. With the lowest recall rate, Porsche recalled 531 cars for every 1,000 cars sold, followed by Mercedes-Benz (624), Kia (788), Tesla (936) and Mazda (955). VW’s recall rate may be high because the company is more willing to issue a recall for a wider range of problems. Similarly Volvo, which has a reputation for safety, has a less than stellar recall rate (No.13 on the list with 1,115 recalls per 1,000 cars sold). However, 71% of Volvo’s cars are recalled for dire consequences, the lowest of any automaker. Automakers that experienced dramatic increases in recall rates over the last 5 years include BMW, Chrysler, GMC, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Toyota.
Recall Resulting In Tragedy
Many Americans ignore the recall notices that come in the mail. However, these notices are not sent as spam mail. The recalls always need to be investigated which will be at no charge to the vehicle owner. Recently, a devastating blow was dealt to a family in Indianapolis due to a faulty car part. “A parked car with a 3-year-old girl inside rolled backwards into an Indianapolis pond. Her father, 24-year-old Anthony Burgess, jumped into the frigid waters to save her. She survived. He did not.”
Investigators believed the girl accidentally knocked the gear shift out of park. The gear shift should not move out of park without applying the brakes first. A 2014 recall notice for the 2008 Pontiac G6 noted a circuit problem that could allow the gear shift to move out of park without pushing the brake. That repair was never performed on the car, U.S. Department of Transportation records show.
The tragedy underscores a troubling fact: although recalls are issued for safety defects, nearly 3 out of 10 vehicles on American roads have recalls that have not been repaired. This is the awareness gap that needs to be highlighted in discussions to Americans. “Sometimes, unfortunately, we all live very busy lives, and we don’t take time to really pause and figure out what is important,” The victim’s wife stated. “If you are driving yourself or your family around in a vehicle with an open recall on it, you’re really taking a life in your own hands.”