Fully loaded, semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. It’s easy to understand why the FMCSA takes recalls seriously when it comes to these giant vehicles.
Although a semi-truck recall can be burdensome for truck operators and carriers—who depend on a functional fleet to earn a living—these trucks are massive machines with thousands of moving parts. Even a slight defect can cause a catastrophic accident. Safety is a priority—even if it means taking a truck off the road for a day or two while a defective part is replaced.
In some cases, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issues recalls. In other situations, the companies that manufacture parts for semis notify the NHTSA of a problem and issue their own voluntary recall. This type of recall occurred over the summer of 2016, when a truck part company voluntarily recalled 195,000 defective spring brake valves.
For regular vehicle owners, recalls are voluntary. You may not be required to take in your car for repair, but it’s incredibly important to do so. Although recalls can be an inconvenience, taking care of a potentially dangerous defect helps you stay as safe as possible on the road. You can check to see if your car has been recalled by visiting safercar.gov and entering your car’s VIN or make and model information.