My Car Was Recalled: What Next?

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What to Do if Your Car Has a Recall

Millions of car owners get recall notices each year for a range of vehicular defects ranging from faulty airbags to inaccurate fuel economy ratings.

These notices may seem routine – the federal government issued a record number of them in 2015 – but you shouldn’t ignore them. A minor issue could prove fatal. “If a car has been recalled, it signals a real problem that needs to be fixed,” says Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “Recalls can cost car makers millions of dollars, so if they're spending that kind of money, you can be sure that it's because of a serious issue. Even if the recall is on a feature or part of the car that you don't use, it can have severe consequences.” 

Read ahead to learn what to do if your car is recalled.

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