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Motor Vehicle Recalls: Is Your Car or Truck Safe?

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Automakers are in the news again lately for vehicle safety recalls.  General Motors announced this week that 800,000 of its popular Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups may have faulty power steering systems that could cause drivers to lose control.  Last month, Honda recalled 2.1 million vehicles for battery sensors that could become corroded and result in fires.  These two major recalls join an assortment of other smaller recalls occurring across the industry.

If you think you’re hearing a lot about motor vehicle recalls, you’re right.  For the past three years, auto recalls in the US have set record highs.  The spike in recall activity is partially explained by increased enforcement by the NHTSA, which had previously come under fire for its slow responses to the GM ignition switch defect, Toyota sudden acceleration complaints, and other safety concerns.  Car makers are also likely trying to be more proactive in order to avoid the negative publicity that accompanies major safety problems.  Even so, sometimes recalls might not solve the problem.  The NHTSA is currently investigating a prior recall of Range Rovers intended to correct the problem of doors opening while driving.  Since the recall was completed, the agency has received four complaints of the same problem occurring.

You can find out if your vehicle has a recall pending by typing your VIN into the NHTSA motor vehicle recall page.  If you think your vehicle has a safety defect, you can report it here.

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