You would think a high-quality and regularly maintained vehicle would meet basic safety standards. Well, you might be wrong. In fact, there may be something dangerously flawed in your vehicle and you don’t even know about it. In order to ensure your vehicle is safe in 2017, you need to check for vehicle safety recalls.
Some estimates say that as many as one in four cars on the road today is the subject of a recall. Luckily, recall status is easy to determine. The United States government maintains a comprehensive database over every vehicle sold here and its recall status.
Click here to go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. There you can enter your VIN or the make, model, and year of your car to check for recalls and repair measures.
The largest recall of the year has most definitely been on Takata airbags. Approximately 34 million vehicles are susceptible to this danger, and more recalls are set to be issued into 2019. The air bags, which are supposed to provide safety during an accident, can explode as they are deployed causing serious injury to drivers and passengers.
The air bags are in thousands of vehicles in almost every manufacturer. Honda and Acura models that have the airbags can be especially dangerous. The NHTSA recommends that owners of these vehicles do not drive them unless they are going directly to have the defect fixed. See the list of vehicles here: Defect List.
The recall also affects, Toyota, Lexus and BMW models.
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While Nissan vehicles have also been affected by the Takata air bag recall, some Nissan vehicles have other issues as well. Some models could leak power steering fluid, potentially starting a fire. Some newer models like the 2016 Maxima, the Murano, and the Murano Hybrid have an issue with the anti-lock braking system. The anti-lock breaks can leak fluid also creating a fire risk. Details can be found here.
Nissan recommends that you do not park your vehicle in a garage or near other vehicles until you have the defect fixed at the dealership.
The recalls described above are far from the only recalls issued this year. As many as one in four vehicles on the road today is subject to a recall. There is not room here to discuss every possible danger. If you are worried about your vehicle, do not hesitate to look up your make and model or VIN in the NHTSA system.