Why Recalls are a Good Thing

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Automakers everywhere issue recalls on, what seems like, a daily basis. From the ignition switch to the airbag, we have all heard [and worried] about these problems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issue over 600 recalls a year in an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities on our roads. However, the issuance of recalls does not necessarily mean vehicles are becoming more dangerous.

In an effort to avoid automotive related injuries, automakers will issue their own recalls anytime a concern may arise. These recalls are actually good for the consumer creating an improved product.

Think about it this way – you download an app on your smartphone. Then, a few months later, there is an update for that app which will fix all the bugs and problems that users have been experiencing. You may not have even noticed anything wrong with your app, but the developers wish to create an unforgettable experience for all users. So, naturally, they want to fix any problems you could possibly experience in the future. Automakers do the same thing!

Obviously, an update on your vehicle is vastly more significant than an update to your favorite smartphone application, and that is exactly why it is important to always follow up with any recall notice you receive from your automaker.

To find out if your Toyota vehicle is on the recall list visit our link:

http://www.toyota.com/recall

If you don’t own a Toyota-made vehicle, you can find your recall information at the NHTSA website:

http://bit.ly/NHTSArecalls

Vehicle Maintenance Checklist For Summer

Make sure your Vehicle is in top condition for Summer. As the weather gets warmer Toyota of El Cajon wants to make sure you take several simple precautions to keep your family safe before hitting the road this summer! We put together a quick and easy maintenance check list so you can prepare to enjoy your Summer!Image

Follow this Checklist to care for your vehicle this Summer!

  • 1.Change the Oil and Air Filter– Get an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. If you live in a mild climate or will be towing a trailer, a higher viscosity oil might be necessary. 
  • 2. Check Belts and Hoses -Inspect your belts and hoses for cracks, leakage or swelling. Summer heat will only make these conditions worse, and might cause a breakdown. 
  • 3. Check Fluids -Besides the oil, make sure all fluids are at proper levels. Take a look at the condition of your coolant, If necessary, add coolant or perform a flush-and-fill. 
  • 4. Check your Battery– Test your battery. Summer can be more demanding on your battery. Bring your vehicle in to our service department for a Free battery inspection. 
  • 5. Check the A/C -Assess your air conditioning system’s performance. If it fails to give you the usual relief, you might need to add refrigerant. Or, see if there’s another cause, such as a leak. 
  • 6. Check Your Brakes– Make sure that your brake pads are not running thin and replace damaged rotors and drums. 
  • 7.Check Tires –Before you hit the road, check your tires. Make sure they have enough tread. You can check tire wear by sticking a penny upside down between the tread. If you can see Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires. Also make sure to check the air pressure as well. Big temperature swings can cause your tires to lose pressure more quickly.