In recent years, there have been numerous vehicle recalls affecting millions of drivers. The issues leading to a recall may include manufacturing errors, defective parts, or a malfunction somewhere in the vehicle’s many systems. These issues can be dangerous for drivers and passengers, and are certainly a headache for owners.
Do you know what to do if your car is recalled? Let’s take a look at one recent recall, and what you can do as a consumer to ensure that your vehicle is safe.
Recent Recall Highlights Consumer Awareness
Toyota has issued a recall affecting more than 19,000 2012 Toyota Avalon sedans. According to reports, a manufacturing error has caused some Avalons to be equipped with a defective seat belt buckle. The inner buckle may not recognize if the belt is properly in place, which could lead to the car’s system not properly deploying the air bag in an accident.
Any type of error that damages the function or integrity of the vehicle’s safety features is a big deal. Consumers who own a 2012 Toyota Avalon are urged to contact their dealer to have their seat belt system inspected and, if necessary, defective parts replaced at no cost.
What to Do if Your Car is Recalled
If you believe your car is included in a recall, here are some steps you can take to ensure your safety:
-Use the VIN recall look-up tool offered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to find out if your car is included in any recalls.
-Pay attention to any mail you receive that is labeled from your car’s manufacturer or states it is related to a recall.
-If your car is affected, your next step is contacting a local authorized dealer to schedule an inspection and repairs.