The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently launched a new campaign to remind vehicle owners to regularly check for open recalls.
There were nearly 900 recalls in 2015, affecting 51 million vehicles. According to NHTSA findings, an average of 25 percent of recalled vehicles are not taken in for repairs. When a vehicle is recalled, it’s important to have it repaired as soon as possible.
Last year’s Takata airbag recalls affected millions of Americans, illustrating how easily a single car part can impact vehicles from various automobile manufacturers.
The NHTSA offers a free VIN look up tool on their website. This tool allows consumers to easily search for recalls associated with their vehicles. The organization suggests that vehicle owners check for recalls twice a year. To make it easier to remember, consider adding the task to your calendar to coincide with Daylight Savings Time in March and November.
Defective auto parts can cause otherwise “minor” automobile accidents to become deadly. For example, the NHTSA reports that the Takata airbag defect has caused 10 fatalities to date.
If you find that your vehicle has an open recall, the organization recommends taking it to a local dealer for repairs as soon as possible.
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