Ford, GM, Toyota Initiate Recalls

- WHAG NEWS - Officials with AAA Mid-Atlantic are reminding drivers to be watchful and to make sure their vehicle gets needed repairs if a recall or service bulletin is issued. 

After years of delays, officials say GM has recalled 2.6 million compact Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn cars worldwide for the faulty ignition switch, which can unintentionally turn off the vehicle, disabling the airbags and power steering. They say these problems have been linked to at least 13 deaths and 35 crashes. 

In all, GM recalled several million vehicles since February 2014 for various reasons. 

On Monday, Ford announced a recall of nearly 435,000 cars and SUV's to fix rusting frame parts or faulty seats. 

Toyota also recently announced a worldwide recall of 1.9 million Prius vehicles, as well as 295,000 trucks and sport utility vehicles for two separate software problems. 

Many folks are wondering how they can determine if a safety recall or a technical service bulletin has been issued for their car or truck. Officials say watch your mail. They say mailed recall notices should now be easier to identify. All manufacturers must used a distinctive label on required mailings that notify owners of recalled vehicles or equipment. 

The new label will say, "Important Safety Recall Information" in red and black, along with the phrase "Issued in Accordance with Federal Law," and U.S. Dept. of transportation and NHTSA logos. 

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