McGrath Buick GMC Cadillac Reminds You to Heed Vehicle Recalls


All the car dealers in the Hiawatha, IA area can tell you that you should check a pre-owned vehicle’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to determine whether or not your vehicle has been recalled — and, if so, whether that recall has been fulfilled. Many vehicles are recalled for safety reasons, after all, and the onus is on the vehicle’s owner to have any issues addressed. Typically, drivers with affected vehicles are notified via mail, and recall completion rates tend to be around 80–90%; unfortunately, many recalls go unheeded, and it’s those vehicles that often end up on car lots all over the country.

Be Wary of Unrepaired, Recalled Vehicles

McGrath Buick GMC Cadillac is among the many car dealers in Hiawatha that are concerned about recalled vehicles that haven’t been repaired. According to a 2011 study by CARFAX, at least 2.7 vehicles on sale that year fell under the purview of unfulfilled recalls — but that study only accounts for vehicles listed online, so the actual number is likely much higher.


Granted, there are many vehicle recalls address that are only concerned with minor issues, such as the recall that affected the passenger-side windshield wiper motor of the 2012 Ford Focus. That said, some issues can be quite serious and, if left unaddressed, can affect the safety of your vehicle. For instance, in 2009, General Motors issued a recall of over 1.4 million vehicles that came equipped with 3.6L V6 engines, encompassing several Chevrolet, Buick, Oldmobile, and Pontiac vehicles. The reason? The engine turned out to be a potential fire hazard. By the time of the recall’s issue, nearly 250 engine fires had been reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In short, responding to your vehicle’s recall may be a pain, but you could be saving both your car and your life when you do so.


Come to McGrath Buick GMC Cadillac

There are plenty of Hiawatha-area car dealerships, but there’s only one McGrath Buick GMC Cadillac. Visit our showroom to see the full lineup of new vehicles from these fine automakers, along with a huge inventory of pre-owned models from a variety of automakers; we’ll also be happy to provide advice to help you make the most of your vehicle purchase. Come see us today!


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