03 Feb 2021
Latest Vehicles Under Safety Recall (2020-2021)
Posted By Darrigo & Diaz
Over 30 million vehicles are currently under recall for potentially deadly defects. Find out if your vehicle is affected and what to do next.
Did you know?
- In 2020, there were over 250 recalls affecting 30 million vehicles.
- Newer vehicles are 73% more likely to be repaired after a recall than older models.
- Dealerships and car companies can still sell used vehicles that are under recall.
Last year, with everything that happened, it’s no surprise that major vehicle recalls did not make a lot of news headlines in 2020. However, the trouble is that many of these vehicle recalls and dangerous defects caused serious—and sometimes fatal—accidents. In the last half of 2020, there was a 35% increase in accidents caused by a vehicle recall.
Officials attribute two main reasons for why there was an increase in accidents caused by vehicle recalls in 2020: car owners did not know their vehicle was under recall and/or car owners chose to postpone or forgo recall repairs due to COVID-19 concerns.
Vehicle recalls should be taken seriously. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and/or auto manufacturers issue recalls when a vehicle, equipment, car seat, or tire creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards. Driving a vehicle with a known recall is dangerous and can even be fatal.
Here we share the latest vehicles under safety recall from 2020-2021. We also share what to do if your vehicle has been recalled, how to stay up-to-date on the latest recalls from the NHTSA, and what to do if you are injured in an accident caused by a vehicle under recall.
Here are the latest vehicles under safety recalls
Here are the latest vehicle safety recalls from 2020-21; however, there are dozens of other vehicles actively under recall. If you don’t see your car or truck on this list, we recommend that you go to the NHSTA official recall website to check to see if your specific make and model is affected.
- 2006-2012 Ford Edge, Fusion, and Ranger – More than 3 million Ford vehicles are under mandatory recall for defective Takata airbags that can rupture upon impact. To date, at least 27 people have been killed by these airbags and over 400 people in the United States have reported injuries. Learn more here.
- 2013-2015 Nissan Pathfinder – More than 250,000 Pathfinder SUVs are under mandatory recall for a brake light issue. A faulty switch triggers the brake light to remain stuck in the “on” position, which increase the risk of a crash, especially rear-end collisions. Learn more here.
- 2021 Chevrolet Bolt EV, 2021 GMC Canyon, Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500, and many others – New Chevrolet Bolt EVs are being recalled for an improperly cast front left brake caliper that can fracture during a high-pressure braking event. Nearly all 2021 GMC SUVs and trucks are under recall for a seat belt issue. Certain models have seat belts with incorrect bolts that may cause the seat belt to detach from the seat in the event of an accident. Learn more here.
- 2012 Hyundai Santa Fes, 2011-2013, 2015 Sonata Hybrids, and 2015-2016 Velosters – Hyundai is recalling over 125,000 vehicles over defective connecting-rod bearings that can wear out prematurely and damage the engine. Learn more here.
- 2012-2018 Tesla Model S and X – More than 158,000 Tesla Model S and X vehicles have been recalled by the NHTSA for touchscreen issues. From yellowing to leaks, bubbles, and complete failure, the 17-inch tablet found in older Model S and Model X vehicles is a dangerous distraction for drivers. Learn more here.
Find out if your vehicle is under recall
Regardless of whether or not your vehicle is included in the above list, we encourage all vehicle owners to do the following:
- Check for Recalls using your vehicle identification number (VIN).
- Get the Fix by calling your local dealer; it will be repaired for free.
- Sign Up for Recall Alerts about any future recall affecting your vehicle.
What do I do if my vehicle has been recalled?
Take action. We know how busy life can get, but if you get a recall notice, try to get your car fixed as soon as you can. Call your local, authorized dealer to set up an appointment. They’ll be able to work directly with the manufacturer — it should be as simple a process for you as possible.
Will I Have to Pay to Have My Recalled Car Fixed?
By law, you won’t have to pay for repairs if the recall is announced 10 years or less after the date of the car’s original purchase date, according to the NHTSA. But even if your car is older than that, your safety is still worth every penny when paying for the repairs yourself.
What to do if you’re injured in an accident caused by a vehicle recall in Tampa Bay
Whether you may be liable or a car manufacturer is negligent in a recall-related auto accident, consider hiring an attorney. Although many drivers can resolve car accident insurance claims without legal help, a recall complicates matters. An experienced personal injury attorney familiar with handling cases like yours can help protect your interests in any claim or lawsuit required.
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