Last year, there were close to 900 recalls affecting 51 million vehicles nationwide. Every year, on average, 25 percent of recalled vehicles are left unrepaired. That means is one in every four recalled vehicles could potentially harm (or worse) the driver and passengers with the failure of some system or function. You are a smart driver; have you checked your vehicle for any recall? Well, the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA) wants to help.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) RECENTLY launched a new public awareness campaign called Safe Cars Save Lives that urges consumers to check for open recalls at least twice a year and to get their vehicles fixed as soon as parts are available.
“Recalls are a serious safety issue that should be promptly addressed,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “An informed consumer is one of our strongest allies in ensuring recalled vehicles are repaired. Do not wait to act if your car is under recall and the parts are available.”
Looking up your vehicle to see if it has been recalled only takes a few minutes and can potentially save your life as well as the lives of your passengers. Just find your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) located on your vehicle registration. Then visit the NHTSA’s website at www.nhtsa.gov and click on “VIN lookup search” Enter your VIN in the space provided to explore any recall history. You can also check for NHTSA investigations and even make a complaint about a vehicle.
While you are thinking about vehicle safety, also think about what steps you need to take to insure your financial security while driving. Defective parts or not, accidents do happen, and part of how successfully you will get past one depends on your insurance coverage. Talk with your insurance professional to make sure you are fully covered for any eventuality.