Check Your Vehicle VIN Twice a Year for Recalls, NHTSA Urges Vehicle Owners in New Safety Campaign
Safe Cars Save Lives, officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are reminding vehicle owners as part of a new national public awareness campaign. The goal of this new campaign is to urge vehicle owners to get into the habit of checking their vehicle’s (or vehicles’) VIN number(s) at least two times per year and promptly responding to any recalls affecting their vehicle(s).
According to regulators, this effort has been motivated by findings that about 1 in every 4 vehicles impacted by recalls is never fixed. Given that roughly 51 million vehicles were the subjects of recalls in the U.S. in 2015, this means that about 12.75 million vehicles with faulty or potentially dangerous equipment never received the intended remedies or repairs.
Some of the reasons for such a high rate of noncompliance with U.S. vehicle recalls, authorities have pointed out, include (but are by no means limited to):
- Vehicle owners not being aware of recalls – And this may occur when automakers do not have up-to-date contact information for vehicle owners (and, therefore, cannot send them recall notices).
- Vehicle owners not prioritizing recall repairs – In some cases, vehicle owners may be aware of recalls but may intentionally put off getting the repairs done.
- Automakers’ failures to properly carry out recalls – And this can be the result of failing to notify vehicle owners, failing to produce enough repair kits for the affected vehicles, or failing to develop effective recall remedies in the first place.
How to Check Your Vehicle for Recalls: Tips from Federal Authorities
- Plan to check your vehicle for recalls during Daylight Savings Time – When you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time in March and November, it’s also a good time to check your vehicle(s) for any recalls that may pertain to them. Making this habit can be an effective way to stay informed and ensure you are taking all necessary actions to keep your vehicle operating as safely as possible.
- Use the NHTSA’s online tool to easily check for recalls by VIN – This tool allows vehicle owners to quickly find out if their vehicle is affected by any ongoing recall. Note that this tool does not contain information about recalls that were issued 15 or more years ago.
Supporting this new NHTSA safety campaign, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind has explained that:
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… Boosting repair rates requires effective communication at every level and every step of the way… Success is getting a 100 percent completion rate for every single recall.
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