Car recalls help ensure that all vehicles on our roads are safe to drive. In 2018, most of the 6.7 million car crashes in the U.S. were caused by human error. Vehicles with unrepaired mechanical issues or unresolved recalls can cause those numbers to be even higher.
Recalls are generally issued voluntarily by manufacturers. Recalls are issued almost every day and can usually be addressed promptly by new car dealers or, in some cases, the vehicle manufacturer’s representative. Occasionally, larger recalls take time, because the sheer number of affected vehicles impacts the availability of parts or causes delays in repairs (consider the recall of tens of millions of vehicles with Takata airbags since 2014). But, by and large, recalls are nothing to panic about.