Every vehicle will need attention from time to time – it’s the part of owning a car that no one enjoys. Beyond your expected maintenance, automobile recalls can be very common for every car model as well. These recalls have the risk of affecting your vehicle long-term, but more importantly the safety of you and your passengers. That’s why it’s important to stay up to date on the latest recalls so you are informed about potential safety problems you’re facing.
March 8-12, 2021 is Vehicle Safety Recall Week, highlighting the importance of heightened awareness of recalls. The recommendation is to check recalls at least twice a year in an effort to improve your ability to get your recall repaired immediately and face less dangers on roadways.
How can you stay up to date with vehicle recalls?
- Make note of your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). This is 17 characters and will be located on the lower left of your car’s windshield or on a label inside the driver-side doorjamb. You vehicle’s registration or insurance documentation may include the VIN as well.
- Search the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website for active recalls. If your vehicle is included in a recall, the information on the NHTSA website will also include steps you’ll need to take to have it repaired.
- If you find any open recalls regarding the make and model of your car, don’t wait. Immediately take action and get your vehicle repaired for free at a local dealership. Make sure to follow all steps regarding the search of your VIN number on the NHTSA website. It is required by law for manufacturer’s to repair vehicle defects free of charge.
Product recalls affect more than just vehicles. Ensure the safety of your car seats, tires, and other related equipment.
Recalls don’t only impact motor vehicles but oftentimes occur with toys, car seats, tires, and more. Regardless of what the recalled product is, manufacturers are required to fix the problem, refund the item or replace it. Check for any more recalls at NHTSA.gov/Recalls.
In 2020, the NHTSA announced nearly 900 safety recalls that impacted more than 55 million vehicles and other products.
Unfortunately, only about 75% of vehicles recalled per year are actually received and properly fixed.
As tradition shows, Vehicle Safety Recalls Week occurs the week leading up to daylight savings. Each time of year when it’s time to change your clock, you can also make a habit to check for vehicle and other safety recalls.
You can also find more about child safety seat, tire, and monthly recall reports at Recalls.gov.