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Friday, January 29, 2016

New Campaign Urges Consumers to Check for Vehicle Recalls at Least Twice a Year

The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that it is launching a new campaign urging consumers to check for open recalls a habit – at least twice a year.  

 

This is on the heels of a record number of recalls in 2016.  Last year the number of recalls almost reached 900, affecting 51 million vehicles nationwide.  Car owners can go online to see if they are affected by any recalls by searching by their vehicle’s VIN.  

 

Manufacturers contact vehicle owners by postal mail about recalls, however these communications may never reach the current vehicle driver/owner for a variety of reasons.  The envelope may be sorted into the junk mail pile, or the car may have been sold, leased or given to another driver. 

 

The NHTSA estimates that approximately 25% of vehicles affected by recalls do not get the recommended repairs needed.  With the recent record rise in recalls, this represents a huge safety concern on our roads.  The new Safe Cars Save Lives campaign drives home the messages “safety should never take a back seat” and “checking for a recall could help save a life.”

 

Similar to efforts reminding people to change batteries in their smoke detectors, the NHTSA suggests consumers use day light savings, which occurs twice a year in March and November, as a cue to check for vehicle recalls.  If your car is part of an open recall, the agency recommends making an appointment at your local dealership as soon as possible.     

 

If you have been injured in an accident or by a defective part on a vehicle and need help with your claim, contact experienced personal injury law attorney John Webb today via email at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call us at 770-389-4864 for a free consultation. 

 

 

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Source: NHTSA


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