How to find out if your car has been recalled

Recalls happen, regardless of whether you drive a Toyota Corolla or a Bugatti Chiron. Automakers are normally forced to fix problems after the national government concludes an investigation, but they sometimes voluntarily choose to ask owners to bring their car in for repairs if they notice a defect through internal testing. Keep in mind a recall notice doesn’t automatically make your car a lemon, bad, or unreliable. There’s no such thing as a perfect car, even in 2020. While many issues aren’t life-threatening, it’s important to get them fixed sooner rather than later.

Owners of a car affected by a recall normally receive a notice in the mail. When in doubt, there are several free online resources available that will help you tell if your vehicle (or your future vehicle) needs something fixed.