While safety should always be a major factor when selecting a vehicle, frightening tales about drivers whose Toyotas accelerated for no apparent reason have driven that point home. And if you’re in the market for a vehicle, there are many places to look for safety information. Automotive experts advise that consumers shouldn’t hit the panic pedal. Vehicles are safer than ever based on crash tests and fatality data, and even Toyotas statistically remain very safe vehicles. And though the Toyota recall of more than 8 million vehicles is unusual in its size, recalls are common among manufacturers. A recall doesn’t always mean a car is unsafe. A recall occurs typically when a problem is identified and the manufacturer or industry comes up with a solution or fix to the problem. Usually it’s a good thing. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your point of view, the Toyota recall lingered and remained a hot news item in our 24/7 news world. Most come and go like ships passing in the night. Here is a resource to help you determine how safe your car is: SaferCar.gov offers one-stop-shopping for information on government crash tests, recalls and defects, safety tips and how to file a complaint about a vehicle. The government uses a five-star system to rate the safety of vehicles based on the likelihood of serious injury in head-on and side collisions, as well as roll-overs. The more stars the better, and many vehicles are top-rated with four or five stars. Be sure to check out our product recall page for pertinent information. harrelldev.wpengine.com – Don’t settle for less than you deserve!