Stay Safe With Regular Car Safety Inspections In Redwood City, CA

Things to Know About Vehicle Safety Systems - Service Questions Answered by the pros at Carlsen Subaru

May 17, 2019

If your vehicle was built within the last 20 years or so, it probably has a bunch of advanced safety features that we take for granted today. Things like air bags, traction control systems, antilock brakes, and others go a long way in reducing or even preventing injuries from car accidents. It may seem like these systems are sure to be there if we need them, but how can you truly know? The easiest way is to have the expert factory-trained technicians at your local authorized dealership service center inspect everything from time to time. Below, our Subaru service center in Redwood City, CA looks at six safety systems that should be inspected regularly and fixed immediately if they're not working.

Dash warning light including traction control, check engine, and airbag lights

6. Traction Control

It's truly remarkable what modern cars are capable of. If sensors at each wheel detect one wheel is spinning, or not spinning, in relation to the other wheels, traction control can independently apply the brakes at each wheel to almost eliminate a car from skidding out of control. If any of these sensors goes bad, you'll likely see a warning light that looks like a car with two wavy lines under it. In some cases, this light may be an exclamation point in a triangle that's circled by an arrow. If you see this light, stop by an authorized service center like ours right away.

Closeup of car tire that is worn out and damaged.

5. Don't Forget About Your Car's Tires

They can be easy to overlook but remember that the tires on your car are quite literally where the rubber meets the road. If they've run out of tread, have a leak, or aren't properly aligned with each other, you could be at a much greater risk of a dangerous situation on the road. The best way to get the most from every set of tires is to keep up with regular tire rotations and have the alignment checked every year or so.

4. Does Your Car Have Telematics?

For some time now, Subaru models have been offered with STARLINK™ Safety and Security. This satellite-based technology can send help directly to your location if the airbags deploy, provide enhanced roadside assistance, and even allow for remote lock and unlock through a compatible smartphone. Other manufacturers offer similar safety technology, and they typically all require a small subscription fee. If your vehicle is equipped with something like this Subaru safety system, be sure you keep up with your subscription. It's a small price to pay for the comfort of knowing help will be there if you need it.

Closeup of red airbag light on a car dash gauge.

3. Don't Drive Around With The Airbag Light On

Along with today's sophisticated car safety and protection technology are systems to let you know when something's not right. Typically, this is a light like the traction control light we mentioned earlier. Such lights are important because you may not otherwise know that a safety system has a problem. This is also true for the airbag light. This little red light looks like a person in a seat with a big balloon in front of them. If you see this, it's an indication that the airbags may not go off when you need them, so you'll want to have the matter resolved immediately by an authorized service center like ours at Carlsen Subaru.

2. Make Sure Your Brakes, Including the ABS, Are In Good Shape

It's no secret that the most important safety system in your vehicle is the brakes. No matter what happens on the road, it's especially important that your vehicle can be brought to a stop. While basic brake maintenance like changing the brake pads and flushing the fluid is certainly important, antilock brakes are also something you need to have included in a car safety inspection. Typically, the ABS light will come on if there's a problem, so don't ignore it if you see it.

1. Get Regular Car Safety Inspections

Whether you're buying a car for the family's newest driver, about to head out on a road trip, or just want to get a checkup for your daily driver, we strongly recommend having regular car safety inspections. In our authorized Subaru service center, a factory-trained technician can go through the various safety systems and parts of your car to make sure everything is just as it should be and ready if you ever need them. This is the safety of you and your loved ones we're talking about, so it doesn't make sense to take any chances.

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    480 Veterans Blvd
    Redwood City, CA 94063

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