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What should you do in the event of a recall

It seems like all we talk about these days are recalls. Almost every automaker has been involved in a recall over the last couple of years, and the trend doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. We therefore need to get used to the idea that we will often have to deal with this problem, and also we have to remember not to panic or get too anxious about a recall because, as you may or may not know, most if not all recalls are voluntary. Therefore, what you have to remember is that it’s because your vehicle has a recall that is dangerous.


That said, a recall is not something to be ignored either. Well, firstly, you should wait for the recall notice which you should receive from the manufacturer no more than sixty days after the recall was announced.

However, it is your responsibility to make sure your file is up to date with the manufacturer, and that the latter has the right address to reach you.

If you do not receive anything, simply contact your dealer. Sometimes, the parts required to fix the problem are not available which leads to a delay.

Now, if the problem that lead to the recall puts your safety at risk, then you should make every effort to get it taken care of as quickly as possible, and insist with your dealer that they also make every effort to fix the problem. That said, most recalls only affect secondary parts which are not critical to the operation of your vehicle. In that case, you can be patient and wait for the part to arrive.

The only time you truly need to worry is if the automaker states that you should no longer drive the vehicle. In that case, listen and do not use your car until you find out more about the problem.

Thank you to Lallier Honda Hull for their help with this article.

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