The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding the driving public to check their vehicles for any open recalls on NHTSA.gov. To remember, NHTSA suggests timing it with daylight saving – every November when setting clocks back and every March when setting clocks forward – Safe Cars. Save Lives.
Every vehicle recall is serious and affects the safety of the driving public. Vehicle recall repairs are free and do not expire.
According to NHTSA in 2017, there were 813 new vehicle safety recalls affecting more than 30 million vehicles in the United States. Over the last decade, NHTSA oversaw 7,878 recalls affecting more than 390 million vehicles and items of vehicle equipment.
Vehicles that are 1-3 years old at the time of recall average an 80 percent repair rate. Vehicles that are 3-5 years old at the time of recall average a 76 percent repair rate.
Vehicles recalled when they are 6 -10 years old see the repair rate drop to 56 percent on average (while manufacturers mail recall notices to owners, the task of reaching current vehicle owners becomes more difficult when vehicles have changed hands, particularly if they’ve had multiple owners).
Visit NHTSA.gov/Recalls and enter your vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN). In seconds, you'll know if your vehicle is subject to a safety recall.
If your vehicle is affected by a safety recall, contact your dealer to schedule a repair. Every recall is fixed for free and recalls do not expire.
Get alerted. Sign up for recall alerts. If your vehicle is included in a future safety recall, you’ll receive an e-mail letting you know.
If you think your vehicle may have a safety-related defect that isn’t part of a current recall, contact NHTSA. Even a single complaint is enough to trigger a recall. Contact NHTSA online or by calling the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.
Keep yourself, your family and your neighbors safe by checking for vehicle safety recalls and getting any open recalls fixed. For more information, visit NHTSA.gov/Recalls.