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Vehicle Safety Recalls

Ensuring the safety of drivers and vehicles stands at the forefront of fleet operations, where vehicle safety recalls serve as crucial alerts. These alerts empower you to proactively address issues head-on to maintain your fleet’s performance and safety.

At Matrack, we prioritize the well-being of truckers and commit ourselves to being a trusted partner in fleet management. This blog underscores the critical need to stay informed about safety recalls, ensuring your operations are efficient and secure while strictly complying with transportation regulations. Our commitment is to protect your operations, boost safety, and cultivate a proactive maintenance culture and adherence to compliance standards.

What Is a Vehicle Safety Recall?

A vehicle safety recall is an action-oriented strategy taken by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to rectify potential defects or issues in a vehicle that could endanger the safety of the vehicle as well as the safety of its users. 

NHTSA, or the manufacturer, is responsible for investigating and issuing safety recalls whenever they determine that vehicle components, seats, tires, or other accessories might create safety risks for drivers, passengers, and road users. 

Manufacturers also conduct recalls to inspect tires, vehicle seats, and related equipment. They must resolve any issues by replacing, rectifying, or offering a refund for any products under safety recalls.

Did you know that in 2023, the US recalled about 34 million automobiles and issued 1000 recalls involving vehicles, vehicle seats, tires, RVs, and other equipment?

How Important Are Safety Recalls?

Safety recalls are crucial to improving road safety because vehicle manufacturers try to mitigate safety hazards and improve automobile performance by promptly addressing vehicle issues. Every recall highlights the commitment to handle problems appropriately and ensure road safety without compromise.

 At Matrack, we consider the recall an indication of severe vehicle issues that need immediate corrective action. Working with the fleet industry for so many years, keeping truckers safe has always been our top concern. To highlight the importance of safety recalls, we prioritize the following essential aspects:

  • Public Safety: Safety recalls intend to improve the security of drivers, passengers, and road users. With quick identification and rectification of potential safety flaws, you can significantly minimize the chances of collisions, injuries, and fatalities.
  • Customer Awareness: Recall actions safeguard customers by making them aware of any possible dangers related to their trucks. This knowledge helps you take appropriate steps to reduce safety threats by arranging vehicle inspections and servicing.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Government regulatory bodies order vehicle safety recalls to ensure compliance with safety standards and regulations. This initiative enables you to take remedial measures to avoid deviations from safety regulations.
  • Brand Reputation: An automobile manufacturer can improve its reputation by quickly responding to safety concerns through recalls. These proactive actions help gain consumer confidence and trust by demonstrating a commitment to safety.
  • Long-Term Cost Savings: Addressing recalls might involve upfront costs for the manufacturer, but it results in long-term financial savings by reducing the possibilities of accidents, injuries, and potential legal disputes. Eventually, it helps to maintain financial stability and growth by preserving the general health of the automotive sector.

Methods to Check Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has designed some simple ways to allow you to check the safety recalls for their vehicles. 

We will inform you about these easy-to-do steps to help you determine whether your vehicle is under safety recall and enable you to take appropriate actions. You can find your vehicle’s recall statistics in two ways, as explained below.

Search by License Plate

  • Visit the NHTSA website for recalls (https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls).
  • Choose your state.
  • Put the license plate number of your vehicle.
  • Check to see if there is an open safety recall for your vehicle

Search by Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a 17-character number printed on the label inside your driver-side door or on the lower left of your vehicle’s windshield. You can also get the VIN from your truck’s registration or insurance documents. Here are the steps to check using the vehicle identification number:

  • Visit the NHTSA website for recalls (https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls).
  • Provide your VIN as required.
  • Check whether your truck has received an open safety recall.

We recommend you check for open recalls at least twice yearly because the authority issues several recalls annually and updates them occasionally.

Get Notifications

By registering at NHTSA.gov/Alerts, you will receive an email notification if your vehicle is subject to a safety recall.

The SafeCar App

The SaferCar app from the NHTSA is a crucial technology resource that facilitates vehicle safety. You must download SaferCar for Android or iOS for free, add your vehicle and equipment, and receive recall information on your phone. By getting notifications through the SafeCar app, you can promptly respond to get the problem rectified for free.

What should you do if a safety issue is not part of a recall?

If your vehicle has a safety issue not part of a current safety recall, you can report the problem through the NHTSA.gov website or call the Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.

Vehicle Safety Recalls Week

Every vehicle recall is critical, and you should handle it very seriously as it impacts your vehicle’s safety. Because of this, NHTSA has organized the Vehicle Safety Recalls Week, which starts on March 4, 2024, and will continue until March 10, 2024. 

This week again emphasizes the importance of safety checks and truck maintenance. It allows you to rectify vehicle issues with free service to address the recalls successfully. This week, it is vital to carry out essential checks to ensure no significant problems or safety concerns with your vehicles.

The Key Dates for Recalls

Here are the important dates for scheduling your vehicle checks:

  • March 4–10, 2024: Vehicle Safety Recalls Week coincides with the start of Daylight Saving Time, giving us an excellent opportunity to promote awareness about safety recalls.
  • November: This is the time of year that marks the conclusion of daylight saving time and offers an opportunity to remind drivers to check for recalls for the second time in a year.

Vehicle Safety Recalls Latest Updates

The Toyota car manufacturing company has issued recalls for over 381,000 Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks built in 2022 and 2023.

According to a statement from Toyota, this recall aims to address the issues related to welding debris left on the ends of the rear axle assembly that might affect braking performance and vehicle stability, raising concerns for possible collisions.

Toyota will notify the impacted trucks’ owners by late April, and they should send their vehicles to the dealers to carry out the necessary repairs.

Which Was The Most Extensive Recall In The US Transport Sector?

The most extensive vehicle recall in the US transport sector involved Takata airbags, which were faulty and affected the safety of drivers and passengers in 19 different branded models.

Conclusion

Vehicle safety recalls play a crucial role in safeguarding public safety, upholding industry standards, and boosting consumer trust. By raising awareness of safety recalls and addressing vehicle concerns promptly, we can make the roads safer for everyone.

At Matrack, we help you prioritize vehicle safety by informing you about safety recall weeks, during which you can fix any issues with your truck at no cost.

This proactive approach ensures compliance and showcases your commitment to maintaining public safety and reducing the risk of accidents through timely identification and correction of potential safety hazards.