Auto Ownership: How to Handle a Safety Recall


No one wants their car to be part of a big recall, but it happens now and then. Whether it’s just one part of the entire vehicle, or multiple systems, a technical service bulletin for manufacturing defects can be scary – especially if your kids ride in the vehicle with you. Here’s what you should do if you get that dreaded letter from the manufacturer.

Types Of Recalls

There are many types of recalls. Most of them are for minor things. For example, a bolt on a non-critical part might be lose or missing. Or, there may be a problem with the seat or a trunk latch. Usually, these problems do not prevent you from using the vehicle and it’s safe to drive it until you can take it into a shop to get it repaired.

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Heatstroke and Kid’s Left in Cars

Acura ZDX

It seems every summer that we are bombarded with stories concerning children that have been left in hot vehicles and have died. In the past two decades, some 750 U.S. children have died in hot vehicles, according to, a nonprofit child safety organization.

Experts explain why it happens. Most of the parents involved aren’t malicious; they are simply busier, under a lot of stress, and often sleep deprived. In virtually all cases, it’s just an accident or slip in judgement. “About half of the time, a parent just forgets the child was in the car,” said Kyran Quinlan, M.D., chair of the Council on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention for the American Academy of Pediatrics. In other cases, a parent may decide to dash into a store, figuring he/she will be gone just a few minutes, but then gets delayed and returns to the vehicle to find his child has undergone heatstroke.

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What Makes a Car Safe? The Top 5 Things You Should Look for in Your New Car

7 2015 Hynudai Sonata

Thanks to modern technology, car safety has significantly improved over the past several years. In fact, many safety features that were once luxury additions just years ago are now standard for most new cars today. With all the new safety features available in today’s cars, it’s easy to confuse what you really need with what you can live without. But by remembering to focus on the fundamental safety features for any car, you’ll find it easier to make your way through all the safety features that companies offer today. If you’re looking to buy a new car soon, then remember to make sure that it has these five key safety features.

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The 5 Most Common Types of Blackspots on the Road


Blackspots are locations on any road that have a history of accidents. You’ve probably encountered many over the years and will continue to do so. It’s vital you be cautious whenever you drive, and be aware of five of the most common types of blackspots.

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Fix it or Junk it? Five Signs that your Car is beyond Repair


Maybe you need some new shocks, maybe a fresh set of tires will get your car back on its feet, and maybe the only real problem is that you need an oil change. Or maybe, just maybe, the sixty bucks you’d get to junk the car is a safer investment than spending thousands and thousands of dollars to repair it. Here are five signs that you’d be saving money in the long run by buying another car and leaving this one to someone with a little more time on their hands:

1. You’re Down to Duct Tape

A little duct tape to patch up the seat? No problem. Duct taping the steering wheel when the grip rips open? Sure, why not? The problems begin when you start using it to fix your engine. A little tape to hold a pipe in place until you can get some sealant or a new hose is fine, but when you’re using it for everything from loose gas pedals to leaky radiators, it may be time to think about trading up.

2. It Just Isn’t Safe

Not a single airbag working? Car stalls on the freeway? Tires keep blowing out because of a bent axle? Sometimes it’s less a matter of saving money on repairs and more a matter of trying not to be the one everyone blames for that twenty three car pileup on the interstate. If you just can’t really put any faith in your car to get you there in one piece, then you’re better off swapping up for something a little safer.

3. You’re Setting “Just in Case” Money Aside for Your Car… Every Month

It’s good to have some money to spare when you do need repairs, but when it gets to the point where you’re stuffing another three hundred dollars into that coffee can each month, you may be paying more than you would for payments for a brand new car, at which point keeping your Junker on the road just doesn’t make much sense anymore. You want to repair your old car to save yourself money, but once you get beyond that point, it may be time to call it a day.

4. It Keeps Getting You Pulled Over

Those blinkers that just won’t be repaired, the broken windows, the tailpipe that falls out of place and drags along the street sending sparks in every direction. If you can’t go a week without another warning from the cops, well, those cops are eventually going to get tired of giving you warnings, if they haven’t already. It may be time to get rid of that old lemon before the police get rid of it for you.

5. Only You Can Drive it… And Only on Good Days

A car that just won’t run reliably, that goes some days without even starting, is a car that’s eventually going to ruin first dates or get you fired. Not even a brand new car is 100% reliable 100% of the time, but a car that is guaranteed to make you late more frequently than it gets you there on time is more trouble than it’s worth.

Written by MyImprov


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