If I pay for needed repairs before a recall is ordered, can I still get reimbursed?

Yes, but under certain conditions. Vehicle manufacturers are required to reimburse owners for costs incurred to remedy a defect based on either the date the NHTSA opens its engineering analysis, or one year prior to the manufacturer’s notification of a defect to the NHTSA, whichever is earlier. The closing date of eligibility for reimbursement is 10 days after the manufacturer mails the last notice to you informing you of a recall and cost-free solution. For replacement of equipment, the closing date is either the same as for motor vehicles or 30 days after the manufacturer stops its efforts to provide public notice of the existence of a defect, whichever is later. You must document the costs in order to be reimbursed.

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