Automotive recalls are bound to happen. It's nothing to be overly concerned about, as every product can potentially be recalled. In recent years, we've seen vacuum cleaners, cosmetics, dog foods, salad greens, and even candy bars being recalled. It's all about making sure the consumer is always protected. The benefit of a Ford recall, as compared to most product recalls, is you don't have to throw it away. You simply need to take your Ford to your dealership and get the issue repaired at no cost to you.


Why Do Recalls Happen?

Simply put, recalls are issued because the manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that there's a defect that could cause a safety issue. Each Ford goes through rigorous testing before it leaves the factory. Even with all the testing, nothing compares to actually driving it on the open road. When this happens, individuals may notice an issue and report it to Ford. If a number of complaints are received and a defect does exist, then Ford Motor Company may issue a recall. Other times, the manufacturer may find a problem and report it to the NHTSA.


What Should I Do If I Get a Recall?

If your vehicle has an issue that warrants a recall, you will get a notice in the mail. This letter will tell you what kind of defect has been found on your vehicle and how urgent it is that it's corrected. You'll just need to schedule an appointment with your dealership's service department. If your Ford recall is related to a software update, it will likely only take a few minutes. If it's an issue with a major component that has to be replaced, it might take a few hours. If your recall notice doesn't say approximately how long the service will take, just ask when you call to make the appointment. Some dealerships might even offer loaner cars based on the nature of the defect and loaner car availability.


How Do I Check If My Vehicle Has a Recall?

If you haven't received a notice and aren't sure whether your Ford has been issued a recall, it's very simple to locate that information on the Internet. You can go to the Ford Recalls and Field Service Actions page and enter your vehicle identification number (VIN). If the results tell you that your car has been recalled, the site will have the information you'll need to arrange for the recall servicing. If you're unsure where to find your VIN, most Fords have it posted on the driver's-side door frame or the driver's-side corner of the windshield. The NHTSA has also created a website that can determine if your car is subject to a recall as well.

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