If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) happens to find something wrong with your car, the manufacturer or seller will be alerted. After the alert is given to the manufacturer, the vehicle will be recalled for the necessary repair. Only the specific part that requires repair will be handled. In other words, recalls are only offered if equipment on your vehicle does not meet the standards needed. The equipment can be seat belts and airbags. However, recalls can be classified into two categories, safety-related defects, and non-safety-related defects.

Safety-related defects include broken engine cooling fans, wiring system problems that cause loss of lighting, inoperable windshield wipers, failure of vital vehicle features, and failing seats while in use. The errors of non-safety-related defects may include dysfunctional radios and air conditioning, poor paint quality, more oil intake, and equipment that wears out more often, like batteries, exhaust systems, and shock absorbers.