For many, purchasing a new vehicle is the result of months of research and financial preparation. As most people are not car experts, they make the assumption that their new car will be both safe and functional for years to come.
Unfortunately, vehicle recalls occur more often than you’d think. While some ongoing recalls tend to make headlines, there are countless recalls that don’t get the same attention.
Automakers typically send recall notices through the mail or via phone call, but they’re extremely easy to miss. This puts you and your family in danger if you continue to drive a vehicle that puts you in danger.
Here’s what you should do if you want to check if your car is under recall.
1.Find Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
Every vehicle is automatically associated with a unique vehicle identification number, or VIN, that can be used to determine if it is part of a current recall. This number can be found in multiple places such as behind the lower driver’s side corner windshield or on your vehicle registration.
2. Go to the NHTSA Website
Once you have located your VIN, head to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website and find the recall page. If nothing shows up once you’ve entered your VIN, your vehicle isn’t currently recalled.
In the case that a recall does come up, you’ll need to get in touch with your auto dealer. If you want to be sure that your car isn’t a part of any recalls, you can sign up for email alerts.
3. Talk to Your Auto Dealer
If you realize that your vehicle is part of a current recall, get in touch with the auto dealership where you purchased your vehicle. Depending on how severe the recall is, you may need to seek help as soon as possible. In particularly extreme cases, the auto dealership may arrange a tow truck to pick up your vehicle to get it fixed.
Get in Touch with Our Lemon Law Lawyers
We understand the frustration and fear that can set in after you realize that your car is a part of a current recall. In the case that you need further assistance or have questions about any part of the process, our team at Krohn & Moss, Ltd. Consumer Law Center® is happy to help.
We even offer free case reviews so you can ask questions specific to your vehicle. Contact us today to get started.