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We set our clocks either back or ahead twice a year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests we also take time twice a year to check on vehicle recalls, specifically your own. “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.”
Toward that end, 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. 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.
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.
“Safe Cars Save Lives is a critical effort for building public awareness of recalls and is the first national campaign aimed at empowering vehicle owners,” said NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind. “Millions of vehicles are recalled every year. Old, new, used or leased – one of those recalled vehicles could be yours. Check your VIN – Safe Cars Save Lives.”
In addition to checking to see if your vehicle has been recalled, also check to see if you are carrying enough insurance coverage for your current situation. Just as an unrepaired defect in your vehicle can damage its operation and put the driver and passengers at risk, so can an underinsured vehicle. Talk to your insurance professional to be sure you are covered for whatever comes up.