An automobile recall occurs when the manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determines that a vehicle fails to meet minimum safety standards. The defect could include anything related to a component or material of the car, or in the car’s performance or construction.
Recalls help ensure that all vehicles on the roadways are safe to drive, thus protecting drivers, passengers, pedestrians and many others.
Manufacturers are required to repair or replace the faulty component at no cost to you, or offer a refund. In some unique circumstances, the car will be repurchased from the owner via a manufacturer buyback program.