Approximately one in six cars on Canadian roads has an outstanding recall. In 2015 alone, five million cars had a safety-related issue that required a recall notification in accordance with the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Act.
Check your car against the Motor Vehicle Safety Recalls Database. You will need your make, model and year. Your dealership can also check for pending recalls and schedule any necessary repairs.
In 2016, defects ranged from windshield wiper failure to rear axle fracture, and metal fragments passing through airbags. Some recalls may seem minor in comparison to defects that increase the risk of a crash or injury, but all recalls are issued for the safety of you, your passengers and other drivers.
Beyond ensuring your safety as a driver, it’s important to check the status of a car you’re considering purchasing for potential open recalls. Currently, it’s not mandatory in any province for cars with an open recall to be repaired prior to registration. Recalls do not fall under safety and mechanical inspections.
All recall expenses are covered by the manufacturer. Get the issue resolved as quickly as possible to reduce your risk. Your safety behind the wheel, and the safety of everyone on the road, is extremely important to us. Check out our distracted driving campaign and share the message so we can all safely share the road.