What Do I Do during a Recall?
July 26 2015, Agincourt Mazda
As a driver and owner of a recalled vehicle, it can feel a little scary. But have no fear-your dealership is always around to answer any questions you may have.
First of all, recalls are becoming increasingly common. They occur when a fault is identified after the manufacturing of a vehicle, which could happen months-even years-after the car goes into production and sold in dealerships around the globe. As it stands, they could be quite minute, and for the most part not worth drivers' concerns. Instead of thinking of recalls as an alarm or alert to your vehicle's flaws, consider them an extension of the manufacturer's commitment to your safety-even years after the warranty has expired.
Yet it's important to know exactly what to do when they do occur. Recalls happen when a problem in the manufacturing process has been identified in a number of similar models, therefore having the potential to surface in yours. They're also only announced when an engineering fix is ready. So simply bring in your car to your dealership, where they will install the new part or parts at no cost to you.
They're also not always extreme cases. Some recalls are prompted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in which case you'd have to bring in your car; others are completely voluntary on the part of the manufacturer. If you have any questions, give your dealership a call. We're here to help!