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Recalls: Understanding What a Recall Means and What to Do Next

What Do I Do If My Toyota Vehicle is Recalled?

Every now and then we hear about vehicle recalls but it’s not too often that we hear about our own vehicle being affected. If you’ve come across news that your vehicle make and model has been recalled, whether you hear it online or via direct mail, you may be wondering what steps you need to take next. This guide is going to help you understand what a vehicle recall means and what you need to do if your Toyota vehicle is recalled. Continue reading to find out all you need to know.

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Why Are Vehicles Recalled? Mechanic inspecting vehicle battery

There are a number of scenarios that can cause a vehicle to be recalled and not every recall will result in you needing to take your vehicle in. When a vehicle is recalled it means that a safety-related defect has been found in a specific model vehicle or that some part of that vehicle isn’t up to the federal safety standard.

How Do I Know If My Toyota Has a Recall?

At any time, you can check for current vehicle recalls online by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website or you can visit the Toyota safety recall lookup page. If your vehicle has been affected by a recall you will also receive a notice in the mail alerting you of the recall.

My Vehicle Has a Recall – Now What?

Recall letters include information about what defect is causing the recall, what is at risk as a result of the recall, plans to fix the issue, as well as instructions for what you need to do now. Most often a recall letter will direct you to contact a local dealership for a service appointment to check for and, if applicable, fix the defect. Some recalls require that the repair be done within a certain time frame, so it is critical that you check for any deadlines provided.

If you find that your vehicle is included in a recall, any repairs regarding the recall should be at no cost to you. Be sure to bring along your recall letter or evidence of being affected to your service appointment.

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Being affected by a recall can be unsettling but taking care of the issue right away can give you peace of mind and get you back on the road. If your vehicle is affected by a recall, contact our service department to book an appointment to get your car checked out. Our team of experts will be happy to help get you and your vehicle back to driving in no time.