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Oh goodness. An insurance company is writing about vehicle safety recalls? Is this going to impact my car insurance rate?!

Pump the brakes! Before you get your seat cover in a twist, rest assured that vehicle safety recalls don’t impact your insurance rates.

But they do impact your safety on the road. Here at Direct Auto Insurance, your safety is one of our top priorities, so we’re sharing this year’s biggest auto safety recalls with you. Read on to find out if your car is under a vehicle safety recall—and what to do if it is.

Vehicle Safety Recalls for Hyundai and Kia Owners

It takes multiple perfectly-wired systems to keep a car running, and unfortunately, several Kia and Hyundai vehicle models seem to have dangerous errors in electrical wiring.

Kia and Hyundai have already issued a recall for 1.7 million vehicles for risk of spontaneous fires due to faulty wiring. However, auto safety advocates are pressuring the two companies to recall an additional 3 million vehicles for this very same risk.

The models affected are 2011-14 Kia Sorentos, Kia Optimas, Hyundai Sonatas, Hyundai Santa Fes, and 2010-15 Kia Souls.

Ford Issued Multiple Vehicle Safety Recalls in 2018

This year, Ford recalled 1.3 million Ford Focus vehicles from model year 2012 to 2018 for a fuel system defect that could cause an engine to stall without warning, which is dangerous, especially if it happens on a busy roadway!

Unfortunately, that wasn’t Ford’s only major auto recall in 2018—they also recalled more than 1.5 million 2015-2018 Ford F-150 vehicles. In both the regular and SuperCrew editions of the affected F-150s, a front seatbelt component could significantly increase the risk of a serious fire in the event of a crash.

Vehicle Safety Recalls for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram

If you own a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram vehicle, listen up! A short circuit in your vehicle’s wiring could prevent cruise control from turning off or slowing down your vehicle, even if you hit the brakes.

This vehicle safety recall affects several models across all four brands, ranging from model year 2014 to 2019, so refer to your specific VIN to see if your vehicle is under this auto safety recall.

Widespread Vehicle Safety Recall: Takata Airbags

There’s a good chance you’ve already heard about Takata recalls. This is by far the most widespread recall that’s been issued in 2018, 2017, and even 2016.

The underlying issue for this recall first made its appearance in 2008, and investigations have found that more than 100 million vehicles worldwide are affected, across dozens of brands.

In vehicles with Takata airbags, excessive pressure in airbag inflators may cause metal shards to propel out of airbags when they deploy, putting drivers and passengers at risk of serious injury or even death.

Does My Car Have Any Recalls? Here’s How to Check 

Even if your car isn’t on this list, it could still have an active safety recall. Not sure how to check? Locate your car’s VIN, or vehicle identification number, then enter it at SaferCar.gov to view a list of any active recalls that may apply to your vehicle.

If your vehicle has a recall issue (or multiple), don’t panic! Read up on how to stay safe when your vehicle is recalled, then contact your vehicle manufacturer or closest dealer to learn more. Safety recall repairs are performed free of charge. 

When a new recall is issued for particular vehicle models and model years, auto manufacturers must by law send a recall letter to registered owners of the affected vehicles.

But here at Direct Auto, we’re all about being proactive, especially when it comes to your family’s safety and well-being on the road. Protect your vehicle with affordable car insurance from Direct Auto, and check your VIN at SaferCar.gov. Take care of any open safety recalls to help keep your loved ones safe.