According to the regulations of the National Highway Transport Safety Administration (NHTSA), it is required that all motor vehicles adhere to certain performance and safety standards. If these standards are not met, and there are threats to the safety of drivers, pedestrians and passengers, parts or even the whole vehicle might be subject to recall.
What Happens in a Recall?
When a recall happens, vehicle owners will receive a notice stating the information about the recall and methods to ensure that the vehicle has been fixed. In the case of the entire vehicle being recalled, the manufacturers are required by the law to repair or replace the vehicle or its parts at zero cost. If nothing can be salvaged, then they might have to refund the customers.
Are Recalls Still Allowable If Vehicles are Purchased from Used Car Dealers?
It is estimated that almost 25% of recalled vehicles do not receive the needed repairs. Although it is usually the case that private dealers are unaware about the details of a recall, this is uncharacteristic of a licensed used car dealers. One of the explanations why used car dealers might avoid issues to do with recalling is that they have to fork out more costs to send these vehicles to certified dealers and waste precious time. However, now this is no longer a problem because now there are ways to check for recalls. The dealer can look up a vehicle on the NHTSA website by searching the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).