An automotive recall is a way for a manufacturer to tell you that there could be something about your car or truck that presents a risk of injury or property damage. And if you want to drill down to the very core of the issue, automotive recalls are intended to fix known problems with vehicles in an effort to keep roadways safer. Auto Collisions are the #1 killer of Americans under the age of 34, and 42,000 deaths are recorded each year on U.S. highways
Some of those lives could be saved by repairing unsafe vehicles or removing them from the roads. But who has the authority to do something like that?
The answer isn’t who, but rather what. In the United States, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sets the national safety standards and can influence — or in some cases order — an OEM to repair safety-related defects for no additional charge to the person who owns the vehicle
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