As cars become more and more technologically advanced, they also become
more and more complex, and complexity can lead to a number of issues that
can cause technology to break or stop working. When a pivotal piece of
this technology breaks, a car can become dangerous to operate and present
a serious risk of accident and injury to both its driver and other motorists
on the road.
According to J.D. Power, more than 45 million vehicles were recalled between
the years 2013 and 2015, yet millions of these vehicles still have not
yet been fixed.
Forbes called attention to several key statistics discovered in this J.D. Power study.
- Higher-volume recalls of a million or more vehicles are more likely to
go unrepaired than lower-volume recalls of 10,000 units or less. One theory
for this is that dealers get overwhelmed quickly when these recalls are
issued, and people who are part of a massive recall cannot make an appointment
to get their vehicle fixed at a convenient time for them. Therefore, they
simply put the task off until they forget about it. Additionally, notifying
such a large number of vehicle owners can be exceedingly difficult.
- Older vehicles are far less likely to be taken in for a recall. Cars manufactured
for model years 2013 to today have had recalls completed at a 73% rate,
compared to vehicles between 2003 and 2007, which are fixed just 44% of the time.
- Recalls pertaining to a car’s performance (i.e. powertrain, electrical
system, and brakes) were the most likely to get fixed. However, systems
pivotal to vehicle safety were conspicuously ignored, including airbags
and suspension issues.
- Work vans most likely to be owned by companies and commercial businesses
had their recalls serviced at a much higher rate than sports cars and
large SUVs, which had slightly less than one in three of each of their
Why You Should Get Your Ride Serviced
The last two points listed by
Forbes are key points for car enthusiasts who enjoy getting peak performance
from their motor. Here at HP Motorsports, we strive to help everyone who
wants to go fast to reach the speed they desire, but we also encourage
everyone to do so safely, and one of the most important ways to ensure
safety on the track, drag strip, or even on the everyday street is to
make sure you get all recalls taken care of as quickly as possible. Peak
performance applies to more than just your engine: an issue with your
suspension, safety belt, airbags, electronic features, and more could
result in a potentially dangerous malfunction with your vehicle when you
absolutely need it.
Before coming in to increase the performance of your ride, we strongly
suggest taking it in to have all recalls and issues resolved before allowing
us to increase your horsepower and handling capabilities. We want to ensure
all vehicles that leave our shop are not only everything that you may
have dreamed of in terms of looks and speed, but are safe to drive and
will protect you in the event of an accident or vehicle malfunction.
If you’re unsure whether or not your vehicle has any recalls on it,
you can easily look it up online using the National Highway Traffic Safety
free online database (all you need is your VIN). Additionally, you can register with the NHTSA
on their website and be contacted automatically if any new vehicle recalls
Find out more about how you can get the most out of your car;
contact HP Motorsports today and learn more about the great packages we can offer you!