Receiving a safety recall notice in the mail is never pleasant, however, if you know what measures to take to quickly remediate the situation, there is nothing to worry about. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a wide range of services and information for motorists so that they can properly respond to safety recalls and always are in the know.
If you have never experienced a car recall, you may think this is not a common occurrence, however, millions of cars are recalled on a yearly basis in the United States. In response to the number of recalls that occur each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration created a new free, online search tool where motorists can use their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to determine if their car is subjected to the recall.
This is an extremely handy tool that is now available to motorists, free of charge, as many individuals went into panic mode when the recent mass air bag recall was issued. Rather than simply entering their VIN number into the website, many went into a panic state of mind.
If you are worried about how this safety recall will affect your auto insurance, it is important to note that the only way your premium will be negatively influenced is by negligence. Failing to respond to a safety recall in a timely manner is extremely dangerous. If you get in an accident because you did not take your car into the dealership for repairs, you may be held liable. However, mass safety recalls such as the recent airbag dilemma often decrease the value of your car as they gain media attention, so you may end up with a decrease in your auto insurance premium.
If your car has recently been recalled and you are worrying about how it will affect your auto insurance, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Contact Hoffman Brown Company in Sherman Oaks for all of your California auto insurance needs.