What is a car recall?
An auto recall occurs when a manufacturer (or National Highway Traffic Safety Association) determines that a car model (or several models) has a safety-related defect or does not comply with a federal safety standard. When this happens, the automaker will alert owners to the problem and usually offer a free repair. Keep in mind that a recall doesn't mean that the entire vehicle will be replaced.
If my car's recalled, how will I be notified?
Car companies are required to send letters to customers affected by a recall. You can also stay up-to-date on recalls by visiting the NHTSA's website.
What does a recall letter include?
A recall letter should contain the following information:
- A description of the defect
- The risk or hazard posed by the problem (including the kinds of injuries it can cause)
- Potential warning signs
- How the manufacturer plans to fix the problem (including when the repair will be available and how long it'll take)
- Instructions regarding what you should do next
Fill out the form on this page to check if your vehicle is affected by a current recall.