For the third straight year, 2016 reached a record-breaking high with more than 63 million cars having open recalls. As a driver, it is important to be sure you are aware of any recalls that pertain to your vehicle. Recalls can range from minor to major repairs including, but not limited to:
- Unexpected airbag deployments
- Steering wheel lock up
- Risk of fire
To stay up to date and get recall alerts right to your phone or email visit National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Safercar or download the myCARFAX mobile app.
In the market for a new ride?
If you're buying a new or new-to-you used car, make sure you do your homework. Statistics show that 20 percent of all used cars for sale have unfixed recalls. Here are other points to keep in mind when car buying:
- Run the vehicle identification number (VIN), located inside the front driver's side door, through a site like myCARFAX.com or safercar.com to identify possible recalls.
- The older the car, the less likely recalls have been repaired. Be aware, owners are not obligated to fix a recall before selling.
- Register a newly purchased used car with the manufacturer to get any recall notices.
By staying up to date with motor vehicle safety defects and recalls, you're taking the first step in protecting yourself on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration created a new search tool that allows you to quickly learn if your vehicle has not been repaired. We recommend you registering for email alerts to receive the latest information on your vehicle. To learn more, check out the Motor vehicle safety defects and recalls booklet.
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