Fifty million vehicles operating in the United States have been recalled due to safety issues, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 25% of recalled vehicles are never repaired. That’s why it’s important to be proactive about vehicle recalls.
There are two ways to determine if your vehicle has been recalled:
- Go to the NHTSA’s website, and search for your vehicle identification number (VIN). Your VIN can be found in the corner of your vehicle’s windshield where it meets the dashboard or on the driver’s-side door post.
- Call your vehicle’s manufacturer and ask about your vehicle.
If you discover that your vehicle has been recalled, you can take it to one of the manufacturer’s dealerships for a free repair. Remember to be proactive about recalls—a vehicle that has been recalled has the potential to endanger its driver, passengers and surrounding traffic.
Over 20 vehicle manufacturers have recently issued recalls for the millions of vehicles that contain defective airbags.
Numerous safety studies have shown that airbags manufactured by Takata, a Japanese auto part supplier, may deploy improperly in the event of a crash and shoot out metal fragments.
Although Takata first announced the defect in 2013, the company has been unable to determine which vehicle makes or models contain the defective airbags. As a result, the NHTSA and automakers that use Takata airbags have issued numerous recalls and safety notices.
For more information on the recall, or to see if your vehicle is affected, visit the government’s safe driving resource at http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/takatalist.html.