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Maybe you received a car recall notice in the mail, or you got a notification from the Consumer Reports recall tracker. Or maybe you checked a car you’re interested in purchasing on the new SaferCar app and found out it still requires recall work. Can you still drive the car? Is it dangerous? Will it cost you money to fix it? How will you get to work tomorrow?
“Every safety defect puts people at risk and recalls should be taken seriously,” says William Wallace, manager of safety policy at CR.
Tens of millions of cars get recalled each year to correct faults ranging from software problems that can cause a car to stall unexpectedly to leaks that can cause a fire. Some recalls include millions of vehicles, while others only include a dozen or so. But every recall is