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How do recalls work?

Hello friends,
The automotive industry has been very busy as of late and many recalls were released recently, most famously of course the large Toyota recall. Some of you may be wondering what exactly is a recall? How do recalls work/happen? Who pays for recalls? Where can I find information on recalls? I tried to outline those questions in the following.


What is a recall?

In terms of the automotive industry, recalls occur when a motor vehicle experiences a safety-related defect or does not comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards. (This information was gathered from recalls.gov).

How do recalls work/happen?

A recall occurs when a vehicle has been made with a defect and it is discovered. When complaints are received by you the consumer, the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration [NHTSA] begins an investigation on the issue with that specific year/make/ model of a vehicle. Investigators perform a detailed technical analysis of the issue using all available informa…