Recalls affect millions of vehicles every year.
A recall starts out when a manufacturer notices a pattern with a problem in a vehicle. Then, the issue is noted in a technical service bulletin so service technicians know how to fix the problem. As it gets bigger, they will issue a recall.
The airbag recall is a serious and dangerous one, but manufacturers will issue recalls for any number of things, like a faulty lock cylinder, a horn, or even a chipping door handle. If you're unsure if your vehicle has ever been affected by a recall, the easiest way to find out is to go to recalls.gov.
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