Automotive Safety Recalls and What They Mean for You
With each of the thousands of vehicles on the roads today comes a risk for injury when used inappropriately. Increasing that risk is the issue of safety defects that go unaddressed, as in the case of about 30 percent of auto recalls in Canada today. But you can increase safety on the road by following a few simple steps should your car or truck make the consumer car recall list. When you know what to do when you receive a recall notice, you can help make the road a safer place for everyone.
Confirm your vehicle’s recall status
Vehicle owners are sent letters to notify them of recalls, but many of those letters remain unseen, leaving roughly one in every six vehicles on the road today unfixed. Fortunately, Transport Canada makes it easy to search for car and truck recalls. Just enter your vehicle’s make, model and year to see a list of pertinent safety recall notices. You can also check the car recall list by brand.
Address your recall
Automotive dealers are required by law to make repairs on recalled auto parts for free (or at minimal cost should additional repairs be needed), and may even reimburse you for repairs made on your dime up to a year prior to the issuance or the recall, provided you have proof of the repair and its costs. This is true no matter where your car or truck was purchased as long as you make repairs through licensed auto dealers who specialize in your vehicle’s brand – auto mechanics that are not also licensed distributors will likely still charge you. Information about where to seek out repairs for your truck or car recall will be on the initial notice.
Continue to report safety concerns
Encourage your friends to do the same, because almost as important as knowing what to do when you receive a recall notice is knowing how those recalls happen in the first place.
When multiple vehicle owners report safety concerns for the same vehicle model, an investigation takes place which could result in a recall if real danger is seen as a possibility, so if you or someone you know has a safety concern that could be related to a faulty auto part, then report it to Transport Canada right away by calling their toll-free number from anywhere in Canada at 800-333-0510 or internationally at 819-994-3328.
Anyone who’s ever taken a driver’s education course knows that the most important reason for wearing your seat belt not because of what you, the driver, might do, but because of what others on the road might unexpectedly do near you. For example, a deer might dart out in the road in front of you or another driver may run a stop sign.
Just like a deer or distracted driver might cause a collision, so too could a faulty auto part. But you can help keep the road safer for everyone by reporting a potential vehicle safety issue to Transport Canada, and by promptly tending to a vehicle safety recall notice. Because knowing what to do when you receive a recall notice could end up saving more than just a few lives.