Vehicles present a modern-day convenience to people by allowing them a personalized means of getting from one place to another. While people place an emphasis on factors like color, make, model, functionality and durability when purchasing new vehicles in Arkansas, many are also concerned about the safety statistics for potential buys. An unsafe vehicle or one that has poor reviews and safety ratings may unnecessarily put the lives of unsuspecting motorists at risk. 

Safety recalls are not unheard of and it seems that in recent years they are becoming more common. In fact, Edmunds.com says that in the year 2016 alone, an alarming 53.2 million passenger vehicles had something wrong with them that led manufacturers to issue a recall. One reason that people could be noticing more recalls is that federal agencies responsible for regulating the safety and function of cars are ramping up the pressure on automobile manufacturers to be more responsible in issuing quality checks. Federal entities are hopeful that if car manufacturers recognize problems sooner than later, accidents caused by faulty construction can be avoided. 

When consumers receive a notification in the mail informing them of a recall that affects their vehicle, they may glance at it for a second, but then decide to ignore it. Others may read the information and decide that the statistics shared in the letter are not enough to persuade them to pursue a repair on their vehicle. However, recalls, while the consumers choice to pursue, are issued for an important reason and should be addressed promptly for people to maintain optimal safety while operating their car. 

Geico says that recalls should not be ignored because they can put the operator and passengers of a recalled vehicle, as well as those around them in immediate danger. In fact, because safety recalls are required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, manufacturers are required to collaborate with car dealers to have repairs fixed at zero cost to the vehicles’ owners.