Every once in a while, a defect is discovered on a vehicle part and a recall must be done to get all of the potentially affected vehicles checked out and/or repaired. Even though car manufacturers follow every procedure to ensure the safety of their product, things can go wrong, although it’s infrequent. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports any vehicle-related safety issues according to federal safety standards. Once a safety issue becomes apparent, the automakers must address the problem right away by alerting all registered owners of those models.
Even though recalls are inconvenient for drivers, they are essential for maintaining the safety of everyone on the road. The manufacturer covers the cost of repairs so that nothing comes out of the driver’s pocket. If you’re looking to learn more about vehicle recalls and those specific to Toyota, continue reading.
Why Do Recalls Happen?
A recall occurs when there is a safety issue (or issues) with a vehicle component or assembly. Most commonly, you see recalls take place on components such as brakes, tires, or lights, as well as on those components responsible for protecting drivers and passengers from more serious injuries such as airbags and seatbelts. The NHTSA can even require automakers to pull affected vehicles off the road if the potential.
Toyota-Specific Recall Information
Finding Toyota’s recall information is easy. Just go to their website or the NHTSA’s website. While you could search the Internet for Toyota-specific recalls, it’s in your best interest to go straight to the legitimate sources. Nevertheless, if you are using the Toyota website, navigate to their homepage and scroll all the way to the bottom. There, you will find under “Helpful Links” a “Safety Recalls & Service Campaigns” link. Click on this, and you will be directed to a new page that will ask you to type in your license plate or 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN). You’ll find your VIN on the bottom left side of your windshield, on the driver’s-side door frame, or on your registration.
If you prefer to use the NHTSA’s website, the process is just as simple. From the homepage, click on the three white horizontal bars (located to the right of the NHTSA logo); a drop-down menu will appear. From here, click on the “Recalls” link and you will be directed to the “Safety Issues & Recalls” page. Again, you can enter your VIN into the search box. You can also look up the make, model, and year of the car, or the specific car seat, tire, or part.