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AUTO

Keep up with
auto recalls
You can check online for
recalls using a vehicle
identification number.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) reported
886 recalls in 2020, affecting
54,900,946 vehicles. Chances are
you've received a recall notice from
your vehicle's manufacturer at some
point. That's a good thing because it
helps keep you-and the roads-safe.
Safety recalls are issued if either
the manufacturer or NHTSA determines that a vehicle or its equipment-airbags, tires, or even car
seats-poses a safety risk or doesn't
meet motor vehicle safety standards.
Once a safety issue is identified,
manufacturers are required to file a
report with NHTSA and notify vehicle
owners by first-class mail within 60
days of the filed report.
Recalls may seem like a hassle, but
the notification letter tells you how to
get your vehicle repaired, as well as

the time period to get the repair from
the manufacturer, how long the fix
will take, and whom to contact if there
is a related issue. The notice should
also let you know that there's no
charge to have your vehicle repaired.
But, perhaps most importantly, the
recall letter will also indicate if your
vehicle is too dangerous to drive.
If you receive a recall notice, contact your local dealer to schedule an
appointment for the repair as soon as
possible. Unfortunately, there is no
way to know how long it will take to
get an appointment: The more cars
affected by the recall, the longer the
wait. The sooner you call, the better.
If you've moved, no need to
worry; you can still have your vehicle
repaired at the nearest dealership at
no charge. Also, if you suspect that
your vehicle has had a recall and
you've missed the notice, you can
visit NHTSA's recall database at
nhtsa.gov/recalls to check. The best
way to look for a recall on the site is
to enter your vehicle identification
number (VIN), which will let you
know if there are any pertinent safety
recalls that are unrepaired on your
specific vehicle. This is especially
important if you are thinking about
buying a used vehicle, so be sure to
check the recall list before you buy.
You can find the VIN on the lower
left side of the windshield, the driver's side door jamb, and on your registration card. It may appear on your
insurance information as well.
If you suspect that your vehicle has
a safety issue that has not been
addressed by an active recall, you
can file a complaint with NHTSA
at nhtsa.gov. If the agency receives
a number of similar complaints about
the same vehicle, it could indicate
a problem that calls for an investigation. For more information about
recalls, visit this FAQ at AAA.com/
autorecall. - S A L LY B E N FO R D

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