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Daylight Saving Time Ends – Time to Check for Vehicle Recalls

For most people, the end of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, November 7 means little more than an extra hour of sleep, earlier sunrises and sunsets, or maybe a reminder to change your smoke alarm batteries. It’s also a time for addressing an important safety issue: checking for vehicle safety recalls.

In 2020, there were over 886 recalls affecting 55 million vehicles in the United States. Every vehicle recall is serious, yet only about 75% of vehicles recalled in a given year are ever fixed. That puts you, your passengers, and others on the road at risk.

Don't risk your safety, that of your loved ones, or others on the road by failing to address any open vehicle recall. Take these steps to protect yourself and your family:

How to Check for Vehicle Safety Recalls

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.

  • Get It Fixed. If your vehicle is affected by a safety recall, contact your dealer to schedule a repair. Every recall is fixed FOR FREE.
  • Download the SaferCar App. With NHTSA's free SaferCar app, you can get recall information sent to your phone. Simply download our updated app, for Android and iOS, add your vehicle and equipment, and we'll send you an alert if a safety recall is issued. 
    If you've already downloaded the app, the end of Daylight Saving Time is a good time to open the app and make sure your vehicle and equipment information is up-to-date.
  • Sign up for Recall Alerts. If your vehicle is included in a future safety recall, you’ll receive an e-mail letting you know.

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. That's why it is important to take the initiative, check for yourself, and sign up for recall alerts to make sure you’re informed about a recall that affects your safety.

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 FREE. For more information visit NHTSA.gov/Recalls.