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U.S. DOT Reminds Public to Check for Recalls as Clocks Spring Forward

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As daylight saving time approaches on Sunday, March 11, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reminding the public to check their vehicles for open recalls as part of the Safe Cars Save Lives Check for Recalls campaign. Recalled vehicles are repaired FOR FREE.

“Be sure that you are keeping yourself and your family safe, check your vehicle for important safety recalls today,” said Heidi King, NHTSA Deputy Administrator. “Did you know that you don’t have to pay to fix safety recalls? Please visit to find out if your car or truck has an outstanding recall, and call your dealership for your free repair.”

To help spread the word, NHTSA is hosting a #CheckForRecalls Tweetup on March 8, from 1-4 p.m. ET and is urging consumers to take the following actions:

  • Visit to find out if your car or truck is under recall. Search using your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Your search result will tell you if your car or truck is included in any safety recall at this time.
  • If your vehicle does have a recall, call your local dealer to schedule the free repair.
  • Sign up at to be notified by e-mail if your vehicle is affected by a future recall.
  • Help spread the word to friends and family -

In 2017, there were 813 new vehicle safety recalls affecting more than 30 million vehicles in the United States. The Safe Cars Save Lives Check for Recalls campaign urges the public to check their vehicles at least twice a year - every March when setting clocks forward and every November when setting clocks back.

NHTSA 202-366-9550

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