Fall Back with Safety in Mind

For most people, the end of Daylight Saving on Sunday, November 4 means little more than an extra hour of sleep, earlier sunrises and sunsets, or maybe a reminder to change your smoke alarm batteries. But let's make the tradition of springing forward and falling back our new cue for addressing an important safety issue: Checking for vehicle safety recalls.

In 2017, there were 813 new vehicle safety recalls affecting more than 30 million vehicles in the United States. Every vehicle recall is serious and affects your safety. Yet about 25 percent of recalled vehicles are not repaired, which puts their drivers, 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:

Check for 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.

Get Alerted. 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.