Checking car recalls vital for driving safe

Checking car recalls vital for driving safe

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Checking your car for recalls is a vital part of owning or leasing a car. Many drivers may not realize there is a defect on their car everyday when driving down the road. Defects can cause car crashes and even result in death.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an investigation revealed that GM indicated 15,600 model Pontiac G6 vehicles that were built from November 3, 2004-January 5, 2005 may experience a loss of power steering.

The cause for the loss of steering is due to an insufficient crimp at the torque and position sensor transducer located in the steering column assembly, according to the NHTSA.

When there is no control over the power steering, the car needs to be turned off and turned back on, normally this takes care of the problem temporarily. In many cases, it's not that easy to shut the car off, especially when driving on the freeway and driving at high speeds.

GM told CNN, "In the case of the power steering loss, the car will revert to manual steering. Although steering can be maintained, it requires greater driver effort at low speeds and could increase the risk of a crash, the company said."

There are ways to avoid your car from failing and resulting into a crash:

According to NHTSA, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched a new public awareness campaign called Safe Cars Save Lives that urges consumers to check for open recalls at least twice a year and to get their vehicles fixed as soon as parts are available.

In 2015, there were close to 900 recalls that affected 51 million vehicles nationwide. Every year, on average, 25 percent of recalled vehicles are left unrepaired.

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