An influx of cars, SUVs, and trucks have been recalled in the past year. For example, Ford has recalled approximately 63,000 Broncos and Rangers, Toyota has had to recall their 2022 Tundra and their bZ4X, amongst other car companies like Nissan, Honda, and Porsche. 

On the other hand, Ford had to recall their models due to the defective windshields that may have detached from their vehicles in the case of a crash or accident. The motor company was forced to do so, in order to mitigate the risk of an increased number of drivers and passengers. Otherwise, the 2022 Toyota Tundra was recalled for issues with rear axle nuts, which were deemed inclined to loosen over time, causing imminent damage on the vehicles’ brakes and overall stability. 
To further escalate the situation, prominent medium and heavy-duty truck manufacturing company, Paccar began recalling trucks due to methane detections. Specifically, the firm started by recalling certain Kenworth vehicles. However, it was confirmed that Peterbilt trucks were being recalled too. After re-evaluating these trucks, Paccar confirmed that trucks with models ranging from 2016 to 2022 are being recalled so the company can mitigate risks regarding injury prevention and fire safety as excessive methane levels prevail; putting drivers in danger of inhalation of hazardous pollutants and greenhouse gasses.

What Does This Mean for Businesses and Drivers?

If your recall is not taken care of, it will cost you. And when we say cost, we mean that in multiple ways. Primarily, your health and wellness may be negatively impacted by your vehicle’s recall. Otherwise, when we say “cost,” it’s literal, as the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is capitalizing on this influx in recalls. 

To stay up to date on your car, truck, or SUV’s status, use your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to note whether or not your specific vehicle needs to be repaired as part of a recall. Use this link and plug in your 17-character VIN, which may be located on your insurance card or your car’s registration card. 

This excellent tool details recalls regarding automakers, motorcycle manufacturers, and medium/heavy truck manufacturers. The site also offers options like opting-in to alerts on your phone to get updates on your vehicle’s recall status. It is important to make sure your vehicle is safe and that you will not be pulled over and charged for having your recall not taken care of. 

Furthermore, the severity of this problem is not just causing drivers’ to suffer injuries; some drivers are also suffering from financial distress. Why? Well in some places, like California, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is capitalizing on this influx in recalls. CHP is now able to gain profit on these issues. Thus, CHP’s newfound success is determined by one problem; the inability of cars, SUVs, and fleet owners to renew their registration. 

Yet despite the fact that impounding vehicles on behalf of registration renewals is the biggest issue here; other hardships because of this are soon to follow. One issue is the fact that this problem is under-acknowledged and not publicized enough; leaving drivers and CEOs alike in the dark. Not only does recalling mass amounts of vehicles put people everywhere at risk for health issues, but it also elongates CHP’s ability to profit off of the massacre. 

Additionally, due to the concentration of recalled vehicles; proper replacement parts are unavailable, which only prolongs the process. Parts are being backlogged, all types of vehicles are failing inspections, and businesses are losing money DAILY. These recalls are also impacted by the lingering effects of COVID-19 induced supply chain issues like chip shortages and other materials. If a truck or car without the proper registration is on the roads in California, it will be impounded and you will be charged! Thereby CHP is forcing these affected vehicle owners to pay fees that could be as high as $500 per day when their vehicles are impounded, due to expired registration. 

Furthermore, as the problem persists, and time elapses, some companies are paying thousands of dollars due to the inability to renew their registration; emphasizing how urgent it is to get yours renewed. Time is of the essence and it is not negotiable, or businesses and drivers alike both will suffer horrendous losses. 

If you are a California resident and you are suffering from financial distress on behalf of high gas prices, vehicle recalls, or the impact recalls have had on your business, there may be a silver lining for you. Earlier this year, in June, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that residents may soon receive stimuli payments accumulating up to $1,050 to provide relief regarding record-high gas prices and wildly high costs of living. Additionally, the state will stop charging diesel sales tax for a year, starting October 1st to provide financial compensation for infrastructure, utility, and rent relief programs. 

The impact of widespread recalls, supply-chain issues, and rising gas prices can leave drivers feeling lost and under rampant stress. And that is why we are here to help you; whether that be hands-on or by providing you with the information you need to know. Renew your registration with us at StickerQuicker today! We will place a hold on the registration to avoid late penalties while your truck is waiting on needed pieces of inventory, amongst our many other solutions. 

Yet, regardless if you choose us for the best DMV service; it is imperative that you act NOW and renew your registration. As if you do not, it’s going to cost you… hundreds of dollars a day! Protect yourself and your business, and take care of your recalls.

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