Top 5 Things To Do If You Have A Recalled GM Vehicle
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Mar 21, 2014 in Auto Accidents
Hundreds of thousands of GM vehicles have been affected by the recent spate of recalls issued by the automaker due to defective or dangerous equipment contained on or in those vehicles.
If your vehicles is one of those affected by the recall, do you know what to do next?
Listed below are the Top 5 things that owners of recalled vehicles should do when following up on the recall.
The Top 5 "R' List
Relax: While it's very important to have the faults in your vehicle repaired, many vehicle recalls are issued as a precaution. In fact, most are mandated by the NHTSA and not by the automakers. Most recalls are issued after a manufacturing problem has been identified in similar vehicles (defective tires are a good example of this) and the recall is issued as a safety measure.
Research: Call your local auto dealer or go online and visit the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) website (click "here" to go straight to that website) and find out if your particular make and model has been included in the recall.
Remember: Be sure to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy as you'll need those digits for the dealer or NHTSA website to verify if your vehicle has been affected.
Repair: Once you have confirmed that your vehicle is included in the recall, contact your local dealer and confirm if they are an authorized local repair center. If they are not, in most cases they will be able to provide the contact information of a nearby auto dealer that is.
Remain Calm: When a recall is issued, there is often a period of time that the automakers need to order the necessary parts and have them distributed to their dealer networks. Usually this is within 10 days of the official recall notice.
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