Defective products can inflict great harm and in some cases cause death. This can be especially true when it comes to your automobile. You could buy a new car that seems to be in perfect working order only for the vehicle to exhibit problems that render it inoperable or possibly a threat to your life.
Sometimes vehicles have defects with the machine parts or the computer software. Regardless of the issue, an automaker might send a notification that your car is under a recall. As Consumer Reports explains, a car recall may tell you the nature of the problem in addition to other information you should know about.
Whether to drive your car or not
If you know your car has problems, your first instinct is probably not to drive it. A car recall may tell you whether you should drive your vehicle or not. You may find a recall contains a “do not drive” warning that tells you there is a problem with the car that could endanger your life, such as a defective airbag.
When to drive your car
If a recall notice contains no warnings against driving, it is possible you may drive your car until you take it to the appropriate dealership or repair shop to fix the defect. The recall might assist you by explaining possible circumstances that make driving your car unsafe. The recall may say not to use a certain vehicle feature. It might also tell you not to park your car in certain locations to avoid fire risks to your vehicle.
What symptoms to look for
If your car does not exhibit any troublesome signs, you may believe your car is not defective. A recall order might tell you what symptoms to watch out for so you know if your vehicle could have problems. You may learn that certain dashboard lights might come on without valid prompting or that your vehicle could make noises during specific functions. Knowing about possible symptoms of defects may help you make crucial decisions regarding your car and your safety.