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Auto Recalls: Here’s Why You Should Stay Informed

A car can be like a lifeline. In many cases, it’s the only way a person can get to work, school or even to food. Your car is something that you want to be able to rely on every day of the week. Vehicle recalls can happen often, and they’re certainly worth looking out for. Having a safety recall on your vehicle can mean that each time you drive, your life is at risk.

While many vehicle recalls are for minor issues, there are others that can cause serious consequences like engine fires or engines shutting off automatically. If you own a car, it’s so important to recognize what some of the major recent recalls are as well as familiarize yourself with ways of staying informed.

What Are Some of the Major Recent Recalls?

In the last several days, some of the major recalls have included certain ZF North America Transmission Control Sensor Clusters manufactured from May 1, 2013 to July 15, 2014. Some of these transmissions may unexpectedly shift into neutral, increasing the risk of a crash. A similar situation is happening with some Chrysler transmissions as well.

In 1980, Ford Motor recalled 21 million vehicles from 10 model years. This issue was one that caused some vehicles to slip from park into reverse. Approximately 6,000 accidents and nearly 100 deaths were linked to this problem.

What Can You Do to Stay Informed?

  1. Check for Safety Recalls Online Using Your VIN.

Safercar.gov gives you the ability to type in your vehicle identification number to search for recalls, whether it’s for a car you already own or one that you’re considering purchasing. Your VIN number can generally be found on the lower left corner of your windshield.

  1. Register Your Car With the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

When you register your vehicle with NHTSA, you can receive email and text alerts for any recalls that may occur with your vehicle. This makes it much easier to stay up to date with recalls than if you’re simply receiving alerts through the mail – those can be easily missed.

  1. Make Sure Your Car Insurance Carrier Provides Recall Notices.

Whether you’re keeping your current car insurance carrier or switching to a new one, make sure to check with them about receiving any recall notices.


According to guest authors and car accident lawyers at DSS Law in New Jersey, there are time limits on filing a New Jersey car accident claim. For a product liability or auto defect claim, it should be within two years from the date on which the basis for the claim was discovered. If you do happen to get into an accident that’s due to a recalled part, it’s important that you notify your lawyer right away.

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