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Consumer Alert: Set Your Clocks Back, Check for Safety Recalls

| Washington, DC

As we set our clocks back an hour this weekend, it’s a good time to check for any open safety recalls on your vehicle. Just as changing your smoke detector batteries protects you and your family, so does checking for and repairing safety recalls.

Recall repairs are FREE at your automaker’s local dealership. If you have an open recall, NHTSA urges you to call your dealership immediately to schedule your free recall repair.

In 2020, there were 886 safety recalls affecting nearly 55 million vehicles and items of motor vehicle equipment in the United States. Despite recall notices and public warnings, some vehicle and vehicle equipment recalls are never repaired. 

Don’t risk your safety, that of your loved ones, or others on the road by failing to address any open vehicle or equipment recalls. Protect yourself and your family.

How to Check for Recalls

  • Use NHTSA’s Recalls Lookup Tool to check your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for any open recalls, including Takata air bag recalls.
  • Download our SaferCar app and let it check automatically for you. 
  • If your vehicle does have a recall, call your automaker’s local dealer to schedule the free recall repair. 
  • Sign up at to be notified by email if your vehicle is affected by a future safety recall. 
  • If you think your vehicle may have a safety defect that isn’t part of a current recall, contact NHTSA online or by calling the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

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 202-366-9550