Over 10 Million Toyota Cars Recalled This Fall

Toyota had two major recalls this fall, totaling over 10 million vehicles and including the single largest recall, 7.4 million, in 16 years (1996, Ford). The most recent Toyota recall was due to steering and water pump problems.

The Earlier and Larger Recall was for Window Controls

These voluminous recalls give us a sense that if we aren’t involved with this recall, who knows when we might in the future? Why not know the basic response if we’re ever in that situation? A quick & simple guide is below.

Also, if you’re out of the country or otherwise away from your vehicle or dealership when the recall occurs, you may need to have the car professionally shipped.

How are Recalls Defined & Determined?

Recalls are generated when a specific type of complaint to the federal government reaches a large enough number for a particular make of car that the problem is deemed widespread by the agency. In the United States, the administrative body that hears issues and decides on recalls is the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Almost always – and this applies to other products as well as cars, recalls are specific to a particular factory and specified time period of manufacture. What this means is that just because a certain make is being recalled, your car may have no problems at all. If a mistake was made during manufacture, it may only have occurred at one facility. Whether you’re driving in the recall yourself or using a car hauling company, be sure the recall applies to you.

The NHTSA, to protect the American people, has the power to demand a recall due to safety concerns (and this is specific to hazards to human life, not due to the car stereo or radio not working, for instance).

Safety is also a primary concern when transporting your vehicle from one location to another.

When Do You Know Your Vehicle is Being Recalled?

You’ll be notified by the car company by snail mail or e-mail that your car is being recalled. You may be stuck without a car for some time if your car is recalled, up to two months. The information you receive from the vehicle manufacturer or the NHTSA will let you know where to take it to be recalled. It will probably be repaired, although in some extreme cases the car is replaced with a new one. If you need to get the vehicle to a different location after it is fixed, check rates on having it moved for you.

Gauging When to Bring in the Vehicle

Be careful not to respond too quickly to a recall. If you hear in the news that your car may be part of a recall, wait to receive written notice. If you’re too proactive and try to jumpstart the process, you may end up frustrated at how long it takes for the company to start the repair or replacement process. There often is some foot-dragging at the beginning as the company determines how to best conduct the recall with as little damage as possible to the bottom line.

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