What you need to know about vehicle recalls

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If you are one of the millions of Americans who received a recall notice because your vehicle includes a Takata airbag, you might be familiar with the process of getting a defective part replaced at a local California dealership. However, not everyone who owns a defective car knows that safety may be compromised. At , we understand the critical importance of identifying and replacing defective vehicle parts before they cause injuries, or even deaths.

SaferCar.gov explains that one of the primary reasons that vehicle manufacturers must issue a recall is when the defect causes a safety issue. The flaw could be the following:

  • A problem with your vehicle’s performance
  • A faulty component or material
  • A defect in the way it was constructed

If your vehicle is safe according to the U.S. Code for Motor Vehicle Safety, then you should be protected from unreasonable risks that might arise from one of those flaws. For example, an airbag that deploys at the wrong time would create an unreasonable risk, and so would a fuel component that could break easily in a crash and cause a fire. Paint that fades quickly or a motor that burns oil would not compromise safety, so they are unlikely to result in a recall.

Because the recall notices are sent by mail, it is essential that your vehicle is registered in your name and that you update any address changes with your California Department of Motor Vehicles office. More information about vehicle manufacturing errors is available on our webpage.

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